Finding Rest for a Weary Soul

David Wilkerson (1931-2011)

Jesus came to earth as a man to redeem humankind from our sins and every kind of bondage. But he also came to earth for the purpose of revealing to us the heavenly Father.

He told his disciples, “The Father has sent Me” (John 5:36). He also said, “I can of Myself do nothing … I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me” (John 5:30). And then he said, “I go to My Father” (John 14:12).

Jesus was saying three things: “I came from the Father. While I am here, I will do only his will. Soon I will go back to the Father.” Jesus’ entire life — his coming to earth, his purpose while here, and his return to heaven — was about revealing the heavenly Father.

Jesus told the Pharisees, “Watch my life, my ministry, all the miracles and good works I do, and you will see the heavenly Father. Everything I do is a reflection of who he is and it is all meant to reveal him to you.”

“All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him” (Matthew 11:27).

Jesus is saying that it is impossible for us to know who the Father is unless Jesus reveals him to us. Significantly, he adds in the very next verse: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (11:28).

Jesus is showing us that if we want rest for our soul, an end to inner striving, we must have a revelation of who the Father is. You must know that you have a Father in heaven who cares about you! No one receives this revelation apart from Christ and in everything he does and says, he is showing us the heart of the Father.