Summary: This sermon deals with Jesus telling us to come and to rest.
WHY NOT REST
The story is told of a lady who became very angry at the
pastor. When she finally caught up with him, she said, "I called
you all morning at the church and dropped by to see you in the
afternoon on Tuesday and you were not there." The minister said,
"I’m sorry Madam, but Tuesday is my day off." "Your day off",
she said very self righteously. "I’ll have you know that the
devil never takes a day off". The minister replied, "you are
absolutely right my dear, and I suppose that if I did the same
thing, I would become just like him."
Sometimes we confuse being busy with working for God. We
forget that not only did Jesus say go and preach, he also said
come and rest. Once a great revival was taking place after Jesus
had sent out the twelve disciples. People were repenting, demons
were driven out, and sick people were anointed with oil and were
healed. People were coming from all over the place and Jesus and
the disciples did not even time to eat. It’s interesting that
Jesus did not extend the revival for two weeks, instead He told
the disciples, "Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and
get some rest." Jesus considers our health and well being to be
more important, than doing ministry for God.
Too many people pay a heavy price with their families, their
health, and their well being in search of some goal. When they
obtain it, they realize the price is too high. I once had a man
tell me, that when his marriage started to interfere with his
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devotion to his job, he knew he needed to get out of the mar
riage. How do we become so sick, that things, and power, and
money mean more to us than those who deserve our love and affec
Jesus had more energy than we could dream of having, yet
Jesus was smart enough to realize that He needed to take some
time to rest. He would often go to the hills alone to meet God
and be refreshed. His rest didn’t always come from lying in a
bed. That’s only part of what we need. His rest came from and
through a regular fresh encounter God. Jesus wants us to know
that He has rest stops planned for our lives.
Our text for today is Matthew 11:28-30. Jesus is the one
speaking in the passage and He begins with the word "COME". If
we want rest and peace of mind, we have to take action. We must
be willing to let something else either wait, or learn to do
without it altogether. For Jesus has said for us to come. What
do you say about a dog who when you say, "Come", looks up at you
and then puts his head back down, not moving the rest of his
body. This is a how a lot of people respond to God. They hear
the call, but don’t think its worth the effort to get up and see
why the call was given.
Jesus said, "Come to Me". If we desire rest, we can’t come
to the first thing that looks like a solution. The destination
of our movement has to be toward and to Jesus Christ. The Bible
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anything else that would cause us to look somewhere else. Jesus
is the only true place for us to find rest, because everything
else is going to pass away.
Jesus goes on to qualify who is eligible to come to him. He
says, "Come to me all who are weary and burdened". Jesus’s
invitation is only extended to those who realize that they need
help. Have you ever tried to help a little child get dressed
only to be told by the child, "Stop! Let me do it by myself."
You go ahead and let the child do it. 5 minutes later you see
shoes on the wrong feet, buttons uneven, tag, and hair that looks
a mess. That’s what we look like to God without Jesus--a mess.
Jesus did not come to help people who could do it all them
selves. Notice that Jesus does not put a limit on what kind of
burdens we need to have, or how large the burden has to be. All
that’s needed is a recognition of burden, a heartache, or a pain.
They come in all forms. Husband or wives that won’t do right.
Children in trouble with school or the law. Burdens of loneli