Monday, October 17, 2011

The Commands of Christ - Matthew 11:28-30

"Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, 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. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." -Matthew 11:28-30

Who is this command to?

All who labor and are heavy laden.

What does this command require?

Come to Christ. Take His yoke upon you and learn from Christ.

What truths do we learn from this command?

Jesus' invitation is universal. All who labor and are heavy laden are invited to come to Christ to find rest. I'm so glad that Jesus doesn't put a limit on who can come to Him. He doesn't require you to reform yourself before you come to Him. He doesn't expect you to meet a certain set of requirements. The only thing Jesus says is, "Come to Me".

Jesus gives rest. Are you weary and burdened? Find rest in Jesus. Are you tired and burnt out in ministry? Find rest in Jesus. Are you discouraged? Does it seem that there is no hope for your situation? Are you exhausted from all the trials and tribulations you have been through? Find rest in Jesus.

Jesus is gentle and lowly in heart. He cares for you. When you come to Christ you are not coming to an aloof unconcerned King, you are coming to a King that is compassionate and tender. Christ will wrap His arms around you when no one else will. Christ will pick you up and lift up your soul. He will carry you when you have no strength. His Yoke is easy and His burden is light. Dear brother, come to Christ. Forsake those things that have distracted you from Him and have discouraged your soul. Find rest in Christ. Sinner, come to Christ. Trust in Him for salvation. He will carry you.

What are the consequences for disobedience?

weariness of the body and soul, discouragement, despair

What are the benefits of obedience?

Rest...simple, restful rest; Care from a compassionate Savior.

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