From the pen of Dr. Sam Jones
“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).
An invitation with a promise! The text above is one of the most positive and encouraging statements in the Bible. Jesus invites all people to “come” to Him. He doesn’t care about their mistakes, sins, doubts, failures, or denials of Him. He just wants those who may be experiencing one or more of life’s stressful situations to obtain rest or peace. Today, too many people are troubled by the many everyday struggles of life. These struggles can cause them to feel very tried and weary. This experience has become so common that doctors have given it a medical name called “chronic fatigue syndrome.”
Jesus invites all who are troubled, burdened down, and stressed-out to come to Him. Why? He is able to treat their problem. Paul affirms that Jesus is “able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think” (Eph. 3:20). Because He is able, He invites all to “come” to Him. Then, He gives a promise “I will give you rest.” Why go another month, week, or day feeling beat down, troubled or alone when you can achieve relief.
To receive this promise requires putting your complete trust in Jesus. This is in compliance with God’s Will (cf. Rom. 10:13). Whosoever puts their faith or trust in Jesus by obeying His commands will find rest or peace.
Some sixty years after Jesus extended this invitation with a promise, John penned these words, “…blessed are the dead who die in the Lord…they may rest from their labors” (Rev. 14:13).
Accept Jesus’ invitation and receive the promise.