Saturday, September 1, 2007

The Promise Of Rest

Matthew 11:28-30 "Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."

Jesus said "Come to Me." How awesome is that! The very God of the universe has invited us to come. He has promised rest for the weary and the burdened, He has promised gentleness, and He has told us that His yoke is easy and His burden is light. What does this mean to you today? Are you hurting and weary? Are you burdened by something? Do you feel weighted down by the yoke of this world? Jesus is speaking to you! And all you have to do is come.

Are you afraid that if you come to Him He will not give you the rest that He promised? Jesus said, "The one who comes to me I will certainly not cast out." (John 6:37). There is no need to fear "He who promised is faithful." (Hebrews 10:23) and He will do what He said He will do.

So what does it mean to come? Here are a few examples out of the Believers Bible Commentary written by William MacDonald and Arthur Farstad. "To come means to believe (Acts 16:31); to receive (John 1:12); to eat (John 6:35); to drink (John 7:37); to look (Isaiah 45:22); to confess (1 John. 4:2); to hear (John 5:24, 25); to enter a door (John 10:9); to open a door (Rev. 3:20); to touch the hem of His garment (Matt. 9:20, 21); and to accept the gift of eternal life through Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23). "

These verses also tell us that the one who comes must be weary and burdened. MacDonald and Farstad go on to say, " In order to truly come to Jesus, a person must admit that he is burdened with the weight of sin. Only those who acknowledge they are lost can be saved."

Spend some time today thanking Jesus for the invitation to come to Him and for the rest that He gives. And if you've never done it before go to Him today and lay down your burden; He promises rest for your weary soul.
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Anonymous said...

how appropriate for labor day weekend.