◄ What Does Matthew 11:28 Mean? ►
Come to Me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
The heavy yoke of bondage to sin is the weighty burden we all have to carry on the treadmill of life, which causes physical weariness, spiritual fatigue and emotional exhaustion. But Christ’s invitation to “COME – Come to Me all you who labour and are heavy laden”, brings rest to the weary, comfort for the hurting, solace to the heavily laden and rest for the soul.
Although this gracious invitation to ‘come’, in the gospel of Matthew, is offered to all people, it was initially given by Jesus.. to Israel. He was born of a Jewish virgin, into the Jewish race, as foretold by Jewish prophets. He was the Jewish Messiah Who was born of the royal line of Israel’s great David the king. He came to the lost sheep of the house of Israel in fulfilment of Scripture.. calling the entire nation to repent of their sin, return to the Lord and trust HIM as Saviour.
However, this offer was made to an unresponsive and unrepentant generation, who were more interested in their temporal need, rather than their spiritual need being met. Jesus presented His faultless, Messianic credentials, which were authenticated by His mighty signs and wonders, but His offer was refused, He was despised by men, hated by the Jewish leaders and rejected by those He came to save.
Israel did not recognise the time of their visitation and Jesus in chapter 11, reached a point in His ministry when He transferred His attention from the nation as a whole.. to individuals who believed in Him. They were called to separate themselves from national Israel, and follow Him.
This is possibly the pivotal point when Christ’s Messianic offer to the lost sheep of the whole house of Israel changed to a call for individuals believers to COME. This was the time that Jesus stopped offering the kingdom to national Israel, began to teach in parables and started to turn his undivided attention to believing individuals who laboured and are heavy laden.. and gave His invitation to come to Him for rest.
Jesus is the well-spring of Life and the Light that has come into the world, to give hope to all who will trust on His name for salvation, and His invitation to: ‘COME’ is for whosoever will. Christ alone is the One Who can heal the hurting, rescue the perishing and save the sinner from eternal separation from our heavenly Father – for there is no other name given among men whereby we must be saved.
Jesus came to show us the Father, for He is the incarnate God.. and the one who have seen the Son has seen the Father – the ones who know the Son, know the Father. He shines forth the radiance of the glory of God, for He is the exact image of the essence of God, and upholds all things by the word of His power. He is the visible representation of the glorious, eternal, invisible God.
The invitation to ‘come’ is from Jesus, and contains no limitations or restrictions. He will turn no one away. There is no need to stand afar off because Christ calls ALL to draw close to Him. He alone can lift the heavy yoke of bondage to sin, which weighs down that burdened heart. He alone can heal the broken-hearted, rescue those that are perishing and set the captive free from the weighty burden of sin. And His invitation is open to ALL who will believe on His name.
‘Come To Me,” is an invitation for the broken-hearted burdened soul. COME, just as you are. Come unto Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. This promise of rest that Jesus offers is a rest that He freely gives to all who will come to Him for salvation.
The rest that Christ gives, is an eternal rest beyond our understanding that can never be earned or purchased. The rest He offeres is freely available as God’s gift of grace, to whosoever will COME. Come to Me, ALL who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Dear Father, thank You that we can come close to You, knowing that the barrier of sin has been removed. Thank You that You give us true rest for our soul and perfect peace in our heart – and that in the midst of any storm Your peace that passes human understanding remains. Look with mercy on those who have not yet come to you and trusted in You for salvation convict their hearts of their need to come to You. Thank You in Jesus in name AMEN.