Mark 6: Jesus Says Rest!

The average human is supposed to get about eight hours of sleep per night. But how many of us actually get a good night’s rest on a regular basis?

The same was true of Christ’s disciples. He had sent them out on a mission. When they returned, they were exhausted. What would Jesus say? “Grab a Red Bull and let’s keep going”? I don’t think so.

Instead, Mark 6:30 notes Jesus saying, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” Jesus. Quiet place. Rest. That was his formula for dealing with exhaustion.

If you find yourself angry, tired, or weak today, the answer might not be another book, seminar, or more hours on the job.

It may not be more of anything.

Just Jesus, quiet, and rest. It may be tough to put into your schedule (It certainly was for the disciples!) but you’ll be glad you did. Sleep is downright biblical. In the words of Jesus, “Rest.”


Dillon Burroughs has written, co-written, or edited over 60 books, including the upcoming devotional work Thirst No More (October 2011). He served as an associate editor for The Apologetics Study Bible for Students and is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary. Find out more at


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