Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
I don’t recall where I read it, but one of the old divines has said that all the great philosophers wrote momentous works, but there’s only One who has said: “Come to me . . . and I will give you rest.” The endless pages of the world’s philosophers pale in comparison with His invitation and guaranteed benefit.
This verse is even more amazing in light of what it implies. What are some of the burdens that we carry? While we can certainly think of numerous ones, what about the burden of sin or the burdens that doubt produces? Every Christian knows this by heart.
Nevertheless, Jesus invites usto come to Him and experience rest. Our sins and doubts are no deterrent for coming. Astoundingly, self-inflicted burdens pose no restraint to His invitation. Whatever it is, the mandate is clear: “Come to me . . . and I will give you rest.” The sooner we do so, the better it is.
Here’s solid hope for the backslider and the one who has neglected the means of grace. With His invitation, Jesus cleared the path to obtain deep rest for our soul. Is anything more priceless? Many would be willing to do or give anything for such peace of mind. Yet, Jesus offers it freely.
Will you come to Him? Will you cast yourself upon Him? His promise is certain. Nothing can withstand His declaration: “I will give you rest.” Not just for a few brief moments, but continually as you come to Him.
One more thing…
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