We all know how it goes when we go for a holiday. The excitement goes up in anticipation, and before long it comes down and we are back to where we started. Even worse, we feel exhausted after the long journey and late nights during the break. Yet we still go through the motion nonetheless.

It appears that the system of work nowadays makes us crave for a break. We just want to run away even for a little while from the daily routine. It doesn’t matter where, as long as we can get our mind off work.

Jesus said, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28. We have to understand that Jesus knows what he is talking about. He walked on earth among the sick and the hungry. He suffered much leading to his agonizing death on the cross. If you think Buddha is great, having left his palace and joined the common multitude, Jesus is at least ten times greater, as he left his heavenly abode. He came from the highest place, down to the lowliest.

When Jesus says “I will give you rest”, that’s what he will really give us, and it will be a true lasting rest. Not just a little break that at the end makes us even more exhausted.

So for this long weekend, I’d encourage you instead of having a holiday, have a Holy Day. Join your local church for the Good Friday service and Easter Sunday service. If you are in Melbourne and don’t have a church, come join us at GRII Melbourne.