Summary: The path on the Road to Recovery involves 1) Faith (Matthew 11:28a), 2) Repentance and Rest (Matthew 11:28b) and finally: 3) Submission (Matthew 11:29-30)
There are many reasons why people come to Canada. Some come for economic prospects. Some come to be reunited with family that has preceded them, and some come to avoid brutal conditions in the land that they just left. Many of the boat people that arrived recently form Sri Lanka, fled that country to avoid persecution and the past civil wars. They seek to recover their lives free from persecution and turmoil.
Why do people come to Jesus? Elsewhere in scripture we can understand the process from God’s workings through election, regeneration, and drawing people unto himself, but what about what can be seen from the human perspective?
Jesus has spoken to God about the revelation of truth in vv. 25–26, and in v. 27 he has spoken in general terms about how the Father can be known only through the Son. Now this special revelatory role of the Son is expressed in a direct invitation to find the solution to life’s problems by coming to Jesus (France, R. T. (2007). The Gospel of Matthew. The New International Commentary on the New Testament (447). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publication).
When someone has come to the end of the road, and they have no other options, what do they do? The Road to Recovery from thinking that we have life all figured out, to where God wants us: recognizing our own inability, exhausted and seeking rest, is the road to Christ. The path on this road is the path of: 1) Faith (Matthew 11:28a), 2) Repentance and Rest (Matthew 11:28b) and finally: 3) Submission (Matthew 11:29-30)
Seeking Christ on "The Road to Recovery", involves:
1) Faith (Matthew 11:28a)
Matthew 11:28a Come to me, (all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest). (ESV)
Just as these words are found in Matthew alone, there is only one road to recovery from death to life. Come to me carries on with the thought that it is Jesus only who has access to the Father and to the resources of the Father. It is because He is the only one who knows the Father and because only those to whom He reveals the Father will have knowledge of Him that it is so important to give heed to his invitation (Morris, L. (1992). The Gospel according to Matthew (295). Grand Rapids, Mich.; Leicester, England: W.B. Eerdmans; Inter-Varsity Press.).
Please turn to John 6
The object of faith is not a church, a creed, or a clergyman, but (Jesus said Come to me) come to the living Christ. Salvation is in a Person (MacDonald, W., & Farstad, A. (1997). Believer’s Bible Commentary : Old and New Testaments (Mt 11:28). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.)
Notice as well he did not say, “Come to my teaching” or “Come to my miracles.” but “Come to me.” This is more than being impressed that He was a good moral teacher, or performed mighty deeds (Weber, S. K. (2000). Vol. 1: Matthew. Holman New Testament Commentary; Holman Reference (169). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.).
The emphasis was on personal relationship, not on doctrinal content or ritual only (Utley, R. J. D. (2000). Vol. Volume 9: The First Christian Primer: Matthew. Study Guide Commentary Series (102). Marshall, Texas: Bible Lessons International.).