I Will Give You Rest
Matthew 11:28-29 (ESV) – Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
The world is filled with brokenness and hurt. Every part of the globe, whether in developed nations or impoverished nations, has hurting people. Sickness ravages families. Anxiety and depression affects the businessman, the mechanic, and the stay-at-home mom. Nations are at war. People bury loved ones every day and yearn for relief under these heavy burdens.
Our passage today shows Jesus inviting weary and restless people to come to Him. Jesus knows the pains people face. He stepped into flesh and therefore understands our weakness, loss, and rejection. Jesus had these things in abundance. But the one thing Jesus didn’t know was the brokenness of sin and the sickness of the soul’s need for union with God. From that position of complete wholeness, Jesus comes to give Himself so others could have it too. He invites all to come. We read in Matthew 11:28-29, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
This passage serves as one of the greatest showcases of Jesus’ heart. He loves people. He longs to give wholeness and redemption to weary sinners and sufferers. This invitation is focused on what He alone can give. He says, “Come to me.” He is the wellspring. He is the foundation that offers life. The invitation isn’t to those who have it altogether. There are none who do, though most do not recognize their true need.
Christ invites weary, weak sinners to find rest in Him. He offers hope and help.
His life supplies salvation, wholeness, and hope for a future.
This invitation remains in place today.
All who come by faith are welcomed to the Savior. Have you responded to the call? You must recognize your need for Him and call out. This requires humility. It demands faith that He keeps His promises. Countless people can testify to the Savior’s kindness in making them new. He restores broken people. He sustains weak and restless souls. Take Him up on the promise today.
Reflection & Journal:
- Why is Jesus’ invitation so needed today in our world?
- What qualifies an individual to receive the promises of this text?
- How can we have what Jesus promises in this invitation?
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