Summary: Explaining what "Come Unto Me" means to the daily Christian.
PP0920 DATE March 30, 2008
COME UNTO ME!
Mt 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (KJV)
INTRODUCTION: This one Scripture alone could answer all the problems in the world. It would solve the failures in the life of every person who turns back from following God. Coming to the Lord will bring victory in any person’s life. This is the loving Saviour speaking to each of us present today – He beckons us to “Come” to Him.
“Come” – means to leave what you are doing and start doing what the Lord bids you to do. “Take my yoke upon you…..” We then begin doing His work.
“Come” - is an invitation – it is used nearly 3000 times in the Bible and nearly always it refers to an invitation. “Go” is a command – such as “Go into all the world” – but “come” is an invitation.
An invitation for rest. Freedom from all the cares of the world that surround a person who is trying to live for Christ.
“Come” - has a reward with it. By coming we receive all the Lord offers.
“Come” – indicates a move toward the Lord. You are coming to where He is – or where He wants you to be.
“Come” - there is no stipulation as to who can come. Anyone may come. The wealthy, the poor, the famous, the peasant.
This passage has several pictures attached to it. I want to present these to you today. You follow with me as we examine these scriptures.
I. IT SPEAKS OF SALVATION
“Come unto me…”
“Me” is Christ Jesus – the Son of God. The same person that said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life….”
Joh 6:37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. (KJV) Oh! What a comforting verse…..
The Lord invites each person to come to Him for salvation.
“Come” is for any person who wants to be saved. There is no limitation on who can be saved. “Whosoever believeth on Him shall be saved.”
“Come” is inclusive. It includes any and all who will come.
“Come” is conclusive. He is the Author and finisher of our faith.
“Come” is exclusive - It rules out any other method of salvation other than in Christ Jesus.
“Come unto me” includes you if you accept – it rules you out if you reject – there is no other One to go to for salvation.
Salvation is eternal life for all believers.
You can probably remember when you were carrying your load of sin – there was no relief – no place to lay the burden down. Jesus so tenderly calls for all to “come” for cleansing – “come” and be made whole.
This is so basic that it almost seems useless to say it again, but our command is to tell it over and over again.
A. Salvation Is In Jesus Christ Only.
Most religious organizations add something to this truth.
1. Many add baptism.
2. Many add some other type of works or requirement.
a. Join their church.
b. Follow their creed.
c. Live according to their rules.
This kind of doctrine will spell doom and damnation for any and all those who take part in it.
B. Repentance Toward God And Faith In Jesus Christ.
Paul proclaimed this – John the Apostle proclaimed this – Matthew, Mark, and Luke proclaimed this. Today, I stand before you and proclaim that salvation is by “Coming to Jesus Christ and Him only”. To attempt salvation from any other manner will bring about your eternal punishment.
It speaks of Salvation.
II. IT SPEAKS TO THE HOME
We look at homes in the church and think that a certain home is solid and doing great in the matter of following the Bible and The Lord, but then something happens and that home is broken. We have an average of about one home every year breaking up. That doesn’t happen over night – when it does happen it is the culmination of a much longer destructive path. That means that there may well be a home right now that is in the process of falling apart. That’s why I say today, “Come to the Lord Jesus with all that you are and that you have.”
The home is to be a picture of heaven. Most homes are hell on earth. The reason for that is that most homes don’t follow Bible teaching given for the home. I talked about this at some length recently on a Sunday night.