Summary: I. What Must We Come For ? II. How Must We Come? III. When Must We Come?
Isaiah 1:18 (AV)
Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
Isaiah 1:18 (The Living Bible)
18 Come, let’s talk this over, says the Lord; no matter how deep the stain of your sins, I can take it out and make you as clean as freshly fallen snow. Even if you are stained as red as crimson, I can make you white as wool!
Can you define the word COME?
A : An action word to move toward something :
(approach come here)
B : To move or journey to a vicinity with a specified purpose
Come and see what’s going on
ONE of the sweetest words in the Bible.
• “All you who are thirsty, come and drink.” (Isa 55:1)
• "Come to me, all of you who are tired and have heavy loads, and I will give you rest.” (Mt 11:28)
• “Come to the wedding feast.” (Matthew 22:4)
• “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.” (John 7:37)
- 1432x in OT
- 657 x in NT _________________ Over 2000x
" The first call of God to Come" in the Bible is one of salvation
- Gen. 7.1
And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation Note
- "Come," not "Go!" A proof the Lord Himself was in the Ark)
First NT Reference
Matthew 2:2 (KJV)
2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
Last time in Bible – Revelation 22:17 (KJV)
17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
I. What Must We Come For ?
1. Rest—"Come, and l will give you rest,"
Mt 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
2. Knowledge—"Come and see,"
Jn 1:39 He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour.
3. Satisfaction—"Come unto Me and drink,
Jn 7:37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
4. Discipleship—"Come and follow Me,"
Mk 10:21Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.
5. Victory—"Come, … put your feet upon the necks,"
Jos 10:24 And it came to pass, when they brought out those kings unto Joshua, that Joshua called for all the men of Israel, and said unto the captains of the men of war which went with him, Come near, put your feet upon the necks of these kings. And they came near, and put their feet upon the necks of them.
6. Fellowship—"Come and dine,"
Jn 21:12 Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord.
7. Refreshment—"Come and rest a while,"
Mk 6:31 And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.
8. Inheritance—"Come . and inherit,"
Mt 25:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
II. How Must We Come?
- Just as I am
- Without any attempt to make ourselves presentable
- We are all ready too far gone
- Only Jesus can do anything for us
Charlotte Elliott learned an important lesson about Jesus one sleepless night in 1834. She was an invalid, so when her family held a bazaar in Brighton, England, to raise money to build a school, she could only watch from afar.
That night she was overwhelmed by her helplessness and could not sleep. But her sadness turned to joy when she realized that God accepted her just as she was.
Her experience inspired words: --- "Just As I Am” – Page #249
III. When Must We Come?
- "One hour before you die?" said some one.
- Well, when will that be?