Summary: Come, Take, Learn, and Rest
Christ’s Great Invitation
Parkway Church of God(Holiness)
Carla Foote’, Managing Editor of Leadership Media for MOPS has a whiteboard in her office and on that board she keeps a quote to inspire her. Recently she has been pondering a quote by Michelangelo, "Ancoro imparo"- "I am still learning." Michelangelo said this at age 87, after he had already accomplished amazing things in his life, his attitude was that there was still more in life to learn and discover! Wow! I trust this evening you will learn something from this message: Christ’s Great Invitation
In order for us to understand Christ’s great invitation I believe it will be necessary for us to split up this message into four parts!
The first part of Christ’s Great invitation is wrapped up in a four letter word and that word is...
I. COME v. 28 READ
One invitation that comes my way on a regular is the invitation to the supper table. “Come and get it!” Ellie, time to eat, Jake, wait for Momma,---- I don’t like to miss out on too many of those invitations!
The invitation that Christ is giving here is to come. Why do you think he is giving us this invitation to come as Christians? Well, He knows that we are made of dust and he knows that our labors will take a toll on us and He invites us to come! What has been your struggle lately?....Jesus says come! What load are you carrying that no one knows anything about.....Jesus says come!
The second part of Christ’s invitation is to....
II. TAKE v.29
Christ’s yoke, of which he speaks here is the yoke of Sonship! What is the yoke of Sonship? Well, for us to understand the yoke of Sonship we need first to understand what a yoke is and who is in the yoke with us!
Now, that gives us an idea of what a yoke is so for us to understand verse 29 in it’s fulness we need to understand whose yoke it is that we are putting on...Jesus says here take my yoke upon you.... In the Pulpit commentary the writer says this yoke represents the responsibility we have as a Christian to put on Christ.
On a wall near the main entrance to the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, is a portrait with the following inscription: "James Butler Bonham--no picture of him exists. This portrait is of his nephew, Major James Bonham, deceased, who greatly resembled his uncle. It is placed here by the family so that people may know the appearance of the man who died for freedom." No literal portrait of Jesus exists either. But the likeness of the Son who makes us free can be seen in the lives of His true followers. Bill Morgan.
My friends, Christ is urging everyone, in this Great Invitation to TAKE HIS yoke upon (Sonship) us.....and the good thing about it is if we take HIS yoke upon us we will.....
III. Learn v. 29b
Are you past the point of being able to learn? Some people never learn!
Two friends were sitting in a coffee shop watching the eleven-o’clock news. A report came on about a man threatening to jump from the 20th floor of a downtown building. The one friend turned to the other and says, "I’ll bet you ten bucks the guy doesn’t jump."