When God created man and woman, He made each person to be body, soul and spirit. Man and woman were created in God’s image and God designed for each of them to have fellowship with Him.
God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Genesis 1:27
When Adam and Eve sinned they brought death into the world. Death to the spirit came immediately and fellowship with God was broken. Death to the body began with sickness, aging and eventual ceasing to breathe the breath of life. Death to the soul came with their sin and continued to come each time they sinned. Along with death to the soul came fear, shame, guilt, regret, sorrow, loneliness and much pain.
For the wages of sin is death... Romans 6:23a
When sin came there also came separation from God.
But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, And your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear. Isaiah 59:2
Along with separation from God came a lack of peace and a lack of purpose. There came into man’s heart a restlessness and void that only God can fill. Man has continually tried to fill that void by pursuing many things and achieving many goals but it only increases the emptiness and the void becomes bigger. What they thought would make them happy only leaves them empty. There is no rest for the soul until it finds it’s rest in God. The soul lives forever, either in hell away from the presence of God and with an eternal emptiness and restlessness in it or the soul will live in heaven with God, experiencing the peace and fullness that God designed for man and woman in the garden of Eden. Each person’s soul has a destiny that is determined by either coming to God or by turning away from God during its time on earth. Once death to the body has happened then it is too late for the soul.
Rest to the soul comes when a person comes to God through Jesus Christ. He is the only way to God because He paid the wages of death on the cross for each soul.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. John 14:6
When He paid the price for man’s sin then He opened the way for man’s relationship and fellowship with God to be restored and for man to live eternally in the love of God.
The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:29
Jesus Christ is the gift of life that God gave to man to provide a way out of the destiny of sin, death and hell. However, like every gift, it must be received to experience it and have it for one’s own self.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. John 3:16-18
Whoever believes in Jesus Christ has eternal life and will not be judged for their sin. Whoever believes in Jesus Christ comes to Him. Whoever comes to Jesus Christ will find rest for their soul and will be restored in their relationship with God.
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:28,29
The Lord is humble and gentle with those who come to Him. He understands our weariness and how sin has robbed us of life. He loves us and is calling to each of us. This invitation is for you and everyone else you know. Whoever comes to Him will never be rejected.
…the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out. John 6:37b