Today is Labor Day, a day where many Americans have a paid day off from work. Labor Day was first observed during the Labor Movement in the late 1800’s on September 5, 1882 in New York City, commemorated by a parade down Broadway. It was adopted in many states and then became a national holiday in 1894 under President Grover Cleveland. Labor Day was established as a symbolic day to recognize the strength and cooperation of trade and labor unions. A day to honor workers.
Labor Day according to the Gospel of Jesus Christ is completely different. Consider the words of Jesus:
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28 NKJV
Jesus sends out His invitation, to all those who labor, but it’s not an invitation to march in a parade down Broadway. Along with that invitation is a promise of rest, but it’s not just a day off at a picnic.
The Labor Day that Jesus celebrates is the day that we accept His invitation and by doing so we enter into His rest. And yes, I’m sure there is a party and a parade in the Kingdom of Heaven. As the Bible says: “I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” We should also remember that it is by His labor on the cross that His rest is possible. So, the honor all goes to Him.
Happy Labor Day, I hope you have found some rest.