Summary: This particular text is normally examined when we are going through difficult times, but can you imagine it from Jesus’ point of view and how much He desires to give us rest? (Ref: Matthew 11:25-30)
Jesus is Calling
* This sermon was inspired by one originally preached by C.H. Spurgeon.
- This particular text is often preached regarding sorrows and how joy comes
- I’ve sought out this verse out before as well to seek strength from issues
- Tonight, we are going to examine this piece of Scripture from Jesus’ point of view
-- He calls the weary to come to Him
-- He challenges them to learn from Him
-- He not only receives those who come freely; but He begs them to come
- Can you imagine such a desire that Christ Himself calls out to you to “come”?
- Stand and read Matthew 11:25-30
Point 1 – Who is He?
- Isa 53:4-5, “Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.”
- APP: Jesus is one who has been rejected, yet He cries, “Come onto me.”
- He is one whose rejection involves us in fearful guilt; yet He is ready to forgive
- One who knows the Father’s purpose; but still invites ALL who are needing
- John 14:2, “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.”
-- He is the One who has all power to receive; and faithfully gives rest to those
- One who as the Son of God is infinitely blessed; and yet finds joy in receiving
- Even knowing His own destiny, He calls us to come to Him and find rest
- APP: What tremendous love and patience is this?
Point 2 – Who does He call and why?
- Laborers, with more than they can do (even the unhappy and overworked)
Matt 9:37, “Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.”
- Each of us is called to work and spread the Gospel; and the rest comes later
- Heavy laden ones, with more on them than they can bear
-- Even when we feel that we cannot take any more, Jesus calls us to come to Him
The spiritually burdened, who need a helping hand; and only find it in Him
-- John 15:19, “If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.”
- TRANS: Because Jesus calls us, we could logically ask, “Why does He care?”
Point 3 – What causes His desire for them?
- It is not because of Jesus’ own need for them
- It is not because of our personal worthiness or “good deeds” we’ve done
- So, why does Jesus have a desire for us?
- (1) He is Himself a man, and knows the needs of all men
-- Phil 2:7, “but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.”
- (2) He has done so much to buy us rest that He desires to ensure we have it
-- Because Jesus has completed it ALL so we can earn rest in eternity
-- Luke 23:43, “Jesus answered him, "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”
-- APP: Tremendous encouragement that Heaven is a place of true rest