We all need a break from each other, sometimes! Even from people we love. We need space, and quiet, and peace. Let's face it, you need a break from them... and they need a break from you!:)
But there is something deep down in all of us, that actually wants everyone to get that break. Have you ever gotten away somewhere, and while you're enjoying the peace, the quiet, maybe the wind or the waves, you wish that other person - the one you're getting a break from - would also get this peace, this quiet, this chance for rest? Maybe you actually feel a little guilty when you're getting that escape, because although you know you need it, you deep-down feel everyone else needs it, too!
Jesus was eager to preach his message because, as he said, it is 'good news to the poor.' (Luke 18:4) Jesus came and spoke loud and clear into our short, toilsome life, saying that heaven awaits, and that the last here will be the first there! (Mark 10:31) We are told that those who repent and believe in Jesus, and go through him as the 'door' of God, will never really die, only pass into the arms of God, rise to meet him in the air, and live in his mansion, where streams of water flow through heaven's city, where youth is eternal, where there is no pain, suffering or tears. (Jn 10:9; 11:25-26; 14:1; 1 Thes 4:13-18; Rev 21:1-5; 22:1-5)
You can't take everyone with you when you get that vacation here on earth. But there is one place - heaven - where all can go, all can be invited, where the rest and the replenishment is perfect and everlasting.
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Peter Walker. I hope you enjoy these reflections. Please feel free to comment!:)