Come to Me
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
Here, in the gospel of Matthew, is a call and invitation to rest by faith in the completed work of Christ. Jesus is not asking for everyone to come, He is commanding everyone to come. He says to all men indiscriminately, “Come to me and I will give you rest.” He did not merely make an offer, He gave mankind a command. (Acts 17:30)
If you have been laboring to please God for a long time and are weary, find refuge in Christ. (Psalm 31:1) If you are trying to live according to the Law of God and find yourself exhausted in every imaginable way, rest in the completed work of Christ for He has already earned the favor of God. (John 7:37)
Christ led the perfect life, never disobeying the Law. Christ is the perfection we need and by faith His perfection is our perfection. He is our righteousness before God; rest in Him and what He has done. (Hebrews 4:15-16) Christ lived as we should so that we may be saved from the punishment we deserve. No one will ever satisfy what is lacking in their performance. He alone is our all in all.
Are you tired of trying to please God in your effort? Are you burdened by hard things? Are you overloaded with guilt for failing to live up to what you know God requires of you? Come to Christ and He will give you rest. No one else has the words of Life. (John 6:68)
Believe in Him who died and suffered for sinners just like you. Focus your eyes upon the One who shed his blood so that we might live forever. Turn your head towards Calvary where the Savior died a cruel death at the hands of both Jews and Gentiles so that His people would be reconciled to God. (Hebrews 9:13-15)
Turn from your own efforts, they only earn you more trouble and debt. (James 2:10) Forsake your attempts at pleasing God for Christ has fully pleased the Father. See the Cross that redeemed us from the curse of the Law. Embrace forgiveness by faith. See the love greater than all our pride. Come to Christ and live.