“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” vs. 28
What an amazing invitation from Jesus! “Come to me, all of you that are weary…and I will give you rest.” Through the centuries, sinners have heard hope in these words, hope that can calm their anxious hearts and wipe away their burdens of guilt. And it works! It really does! His voice is so gentle, and he offers rest, not condemnation. It’s such a contrast to the way of the world. Some of us have heard nothing but loud, demeaning, and discounting words all of our lives, even from our families. We end up with crushed spirits, low self-esteem, and a sense that we have little worth or value. And even when we try to climb out of that pit of despair, there always seems to be someone or something that pushes us back down. We know that sin dwells in our innermost beings and sometimes that’s the only part of us that seems real. Even when friends try to cheer us up by offering words of affirmation, we only laugh and say, “You don’t know what I’m really like.” And then we hear Jesus’ voice. He knows our secrets and loves us anyway. He knows our guilt and offers unconditional forgiveness. He hugs us close. Our tears stream down our faces and he wipes them away. “Come to me,” he whispers. “Stay with me, and you will find peace.” Oh, what a friend we have in Jesus!
Thought for the Day: Where have I heard the inviting voice of Jesus?