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One of my earliest blog posts was on sleep. The heading was/is, Grace and the beauty of sleep. You can read it here. I had stumbled on this truth about sleep—that within the Christian scriptures, God spoke to people in their sleep. God, very few times spoke to people who were wide awake. The message of the post was to encourage us to relax a bit. Take it easy. Go to sleep and let God do the night shift.
Sleep is a fundamental gospel truth, and this truth is a thread that runs throughout the Christian scriptures. In my earlier post, I highlighted instances of sleep and the results. For example, in the garden, when God wanted to give Adam a wife, he put him to sleep. When God wanted to give his son, Jesus, a new wife, he put him to sleep. Jesus’ last act was sleep—death—and in his sleep, the new creation (bride) was born and fully became operational when the Holy Spirit descended on the bride in Acts 2.
This sleeping is a metaphor for rest. The Christian gospel offers rest to weary souls. Jesus offers rest to people tired from trying to earn their acceptance and approval from God and others. And even when they become Christians, they continue resting on—believing in him and not their performance or good works. And this continues on to day to day living—when it comes to receiving good things from God, be they finances, influence, creative ideas, relationships, jobs, healing, etc. we receive them when we are at rest.
No other faith worldview offers this rest as the Christian gospel does. Every other faith worldview says to its adherents—work your way to God. Only the Christian gospel says this—God has worked his way to you and for you, rest.
This TED talk by Matt Walker, an English scientist, and professor of neuroscience and psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, is fascinating and more so points to a greater spiritual truth, the gospel of grace. I heard echoes of the gospel of grace and I thought I should share.
You get to, hopefully, hear those echoes too.
Watch the talk here.