These great words of our Lord have been a balm to millions of weary Christians. God does not promise a life devoid of hardship, but for those who have attempted to carry their own burdens and earn their own salvation, it is water to a man in a desert who is dying of thirst.

Matthew 11:28 Meaning of Come to Me All Who Are Weary - Encouraging short sermons and devotionals compiled by The Commandment Co

Jesus saw that humanity was harassed and helpless (Mt 9:36). The sheep of his pasture were thirsty for living water (Jn 4:10). He himself will lead us beside still waters for a peaceful drink.

#1 “Come to me,” Jesus calls out to us, “Come, follow me” (Mt 4:19), “Come and be my disciple.” He is always inviting us along the path that he is traveling. He will continue to walk faithfully, we must decide whether we will answer and follow. His invitation is also an invitation to die to ourselves, to trade all that we have, and to be made new.

#2 “all you who are weary and burdened,” Jesus invites us to put down our heavy load. His “yoke is easy, and his burden is light” (Mt 11:29). Some carry the yoke of religion, seeking to appease God by our own perfection. This will never work in a fallen world, in fallen flesh. In this way, we stand condemned. Others bear the heavy yoke of seeking justification through some achievement, or way of seeking the recognition of men and women. Some simply are worn down by the trials of life in a fallen world in a fallen body. Jesus is the answer to all of these.

#3 “and I will give you rest.” Rest is our divine promise. Since the seventh day of creation, God has revealed his heart of resting in him and trusting in his work. It was rest that he promised his children in the wilderness. They failed to enter that rest because of their disobedience (Heb 3:19). While it is today and the invitation is open, we must come to Jesus and say, “Yes” to him.

June 30, 2022 — TCCO (Troubleshooting)