Matthew 11:28-30 – April 19, 2020
Jesus’ Invitation & Promise
11:28-30 Invitation, Promise, Result.
“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
You may wish to highlight or underline these three verses as for many people they are life verses. While I am going to unpack these verses a simple straightforward reading of them gives a deep sense of satisfaction, as a believer, of God’s desire to take care of me, to have a relationship with me, to guide me, to be with me throughout my life.
11:28 Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
11:29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls
11:30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Let the unpacking begin.
Come to Me is an invitation to enter into a covenant with Jesus which we covered when we had communion earlier. Jesus is asking us to come to Him, to enter into a relationship with Him. All too often instead of coming to Him first, He is a last resort. Notice He is saying come to Him, not come to church. People come to church all too often with all it offers and leave unchanged. Why? Because they never came to Jesus. Coming to church is not the answer. Coming to Jesus is the answer. Remember there were people who saw Him in the flesh, heard Him speak, saw Him perform miracles and left unchanged, unsaved, because they never came to Him. An aside comment or question here? Why do you think kids quit coming to church when they turn 18 or leave home? Sure they came with you, their parents or parent, but they did not come to Jesus.
all of you Who is He asking to come to Him? All of us. Everyone, without exception. Not those who deserve to come to Him as none of us deserve this invitation. None of us. Thus you should let nothing stand in the way of coming to Him.
weary and burdened Are you stressed out, burnt out, burdened even by temptation, by family, by children, by the job, by our health, by money worries, you name it.
I [Jesus] will give you rest What does He mean by rest? Let’s take a look at Genesis 2:2
and compare that with our definition of rest:
Did God need to rest? We know better, so what is His rest all about? How about content, fulfillment, job completed, our particular area of creation by God was completed.
Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls We take a yoke with Him, we learn from Him as a new ox would learn from an older ox how to pull the plow. Jesus was a carpenter, He will make a yoke that fits us, each of us individually, just as He made yokes for oxen that would not chaff their necks. Learning from Him will be a wonder for He is gentle and humble with His teaching. The more we learn, the more rest we find in Him.
If we truly want that rest consider what David wrote in Psalm 23: 1
Or one more way of looking at that verse: Because God is the one who takes care of me, I can rest in Him.
Now we know if we will come to Jesus we will have the rest He promised. However, the bad news is that rest can never come from the world. No matter how much we achieve in some task, position, power, or money we will never be at rest. Instead we will be restless. Sin eliminates rest. The only way to get rest is to come to Him.
Solomon tried everything the world had to offer and his conclusion “It’s all vanity.”
Still, all too often we ask, as born again Christians why don’t we, why don’t I, have this rest?
The answer is given I believe in Hebrews 4:1-2
Why we struggle is a lack of faith or unbelief.
The Israelites faced the same problem when they did not enter into the promised land – the land of rest.
Bottom Line: Will we come to Jesus. Will we trust in Jesus? If we do, we can have the promised rest for our souls.