Matthew 11:28

Matthew 11:28

The Context

In Matthew 11:28, the Son of Man issues an invitation: "Come to me, all who are weary and heavy-laden and I will give you rest."

This offer was made to those who had grown weary of the restrictions being placed on them by the Pharisaical system of religion. 

It was made to those who buckled under emotional and physical pressures; those who were oppressed and needed a Savior.

Digging In

The Israelites' beloved Jerusalem was being occupied by Roman soldiers. Their rulers were elected by "outsiders".

They were eagerly looking for the promised Messiah thinking he would come to defeat the Romans and restore them to their esteemed place in society.

Instead here was this man, claiming to be the Son of God, offering them rest.

How It Applies to Us

The weary still exist.

That person who is overextended because of their to-do list and countless obligations.

That person who is tired of their mundane existence and the sameness of their existence still walks among us. In fact,

I challenge you to admit the truth that sometimes that person lives within you.

The heavy-laden person exists. That person who is oppressed or distressed.

That person who has so much to deal with emotionally, physically, spiritually that only the grace of God keeps them going from moment to moment.

Today people still need rest. That place to go where they can stop a while and rest their aching hearts and replenish their souls. We still need that Person who restores our souls. 

Linking at Suzanne Eller's #LiveFreeThursday.

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