Summary: “Come to me, all 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 lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” Matthew 11:28-29.
Theme: Jesus frees us from all burdens
Text: Zech. 9:9-10; Rom. 8:9-14; Matt. 11:25-30
Human reasoning and understanding cannot understand the truth that Jesus Christ is the Messiah. They cannot discern who Jesus is or what the Kingdom is unless God reveals it to them and God has been doing this all the time. The coming of Christ had been prophesied so many times in the Scriptures that He should have been recognised. It had been prophesied that Christ would come as a King with absolute power in heaven and on earth and that as a righteous ruler He would bring salvation and establish the Kingdom of heaven. The Kingdom of heaven would not be established using any weapons of war but would be established using the weapons of love and compassion. Christ would establish His kingdom by freeing men and women from slavery to sin so that they could serve Him. The general thinking of many people today is that coming to Christ is to get the rest they need and the time to lead a comfortable easy life. Jesus Christ indeed provides rest by dealing with our burdens. He deals with our burdens of loneliness, broken relationships, and guilt. Jesus frees us from all burdens in order that we can serve Him and serving Christ is not burdensome in any way.
Jesus Christ came into the world to free us from the heavy burden of sin. He came to save sinners, to save you and me. As sinners we were doomed to death for the wages of sin is death. God, who is holy and righteous, demonstrated His great love for us when He sent His Son to pay the penalty for our sins. He did this by bearing our sins in His own body and becoming our atoning sacrifice. Jesus Christ not only died to pay the penalty for sin but also to save us from God’s wrath and reconcile us to Him. Jesus Christ died to restore our peace and purpose in life. He died that we by His grace may become heirs of God and co-heirs with Him.
“Come to me” is the call of Christ to all those who are willing to live His life. It is a call to come to Jesus Christ and no other person. It is a call to come to Him and hear what He has to say. God will only speak to those who are willing to listen to Him. Why should He speak to those who think or believe they know more than He does? Why should He speak to those who are constantly telling Him what to do instead of asking what they should do? We can only benefit from God when we come to Him as a little child. Just as little children are totally dependent on their parents or on others and cannot do anything for themselves so also should we be totally dependent on Christ. Just as little children can go to sleep without a care in the world knowing that their parents will take care of them so are we to trust God as our heavenly Father. Whenever people try to find rest on their own, they are tempted to ignore God. On their own they end up with what the world has to offer. They end up with trying to find rest in alcohol, gambling, pornography, and illicit sex. All these lead to addictions that ruin lives and destroy families. God’s Word is very clear. It says Jesus Christ is the only way to the Father and we cannot reject Christ and still come to the Father. Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour and Lord?