“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28, NKJVPosted January 14th, 2010
by Rich Carlson
The very famous text found at the end of today’s gospel entry is within a very interesting context. Jesus praised the imprisoned John the Baptist because he had been pointing people to the "Lamb of God." He went so far as to declare that "among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater" (Matt. 11:11) Then Jesus said that anyone who turned to Him would be even greater than John. Repenting and turning to Jesus, and proclaiming the coming of the Lamb of God, was apparently held in high esteem by the Savior! In contrast however, He condemned those who heard but failed to respond to that proclamation and opportunity for repentance.
Then He concluded His discourse with the famous text for today. "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light" (verses 28-30, NIV). What did I learn from Him today?
♦ I may have to be tired of trying to make it on my own before I will come to Him.
♦ If I am at that point of soul-exhaustion, I am promised rest.
♦ I need to connect myself to Him by His “yoke” of control so He can lead me and I can learn His ways.
♦ The One with whom I am choosing to connect my life is "gentle and humble"
♦ His yoke is easy and His burden is light.
Rich Carlson is campus chaplain at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska. “God Is Faithful” is adapted from the email devotionals he writes regularly for the Union College family. Rich enjoys filling his life with God, his family, and especially his five grandchildren.