Matthew 11:28 KJV — Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
What weighs down the soul?
What things cause hearts to be heavy and burdened?
Grief, fear, pain, loss, need,…sin.
Behind most things, which weigh like lead upon the soul, is sin.
Other’s sin or our own, cause such pain, such hurt, such damage.
It doesn’t take much sin nor does it take generations of sin to wreck the peace of a heart.
Look at Adam and Eve.
Their own sin drove them out of the Garden and separated them from all that God had provided for them there.
Their son’s sin caused them to be the first parents to lose a son.
And one really can’t find a worse way to lose a child, he was murdered by his brother.
They literally lost both sons in one day, one moment of sin.
Which cultivated the broken and hurting sin filled world.
The sin at the Garden, the sin of Adam and Eve, the sin of every person, Jesus came to save.
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV
True rest is found in Christ Jesus alone.
When our soul is safe in the cleansing blood of Christ we find no need to fear.
Peace, joy, security, goodness, kindness, faith, love, and so much more is in the gift of salvation.
Yes, there are still the daily struggles with our flesh which wars against the Spirit.
Yes, there are still continually trials and tribulations from the enemy.
Yes, there is still the pain, grief, loss, need, and all the other consequences to sin all around us, but even in it all we have hope.
Jesus promises to return.
He will deal with sin and the enemy.
Jesus is preparing a place for us.
This world is not our home, but merely a journey.
And while we travel we have the privilege to share the Good News of the blessed rest we have in Christ.
Praise the Lord!
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You so much for salvation. Thank You that we need not strive and labor to earn our way into Your presence, because we could never do it. Thank You for making the way, for bridging the gap, for paving the road. Lord, sometimes I forget that I need not strive and struggle. Sometimes I think I have to do this or that. I forget to lean on You, to seek You when it’s difficult, to rest in Your ways when I’m frightened or disappointed. Lord Jesus, thank You for loving me. Thank You for saving me. Please help me to rest in You each and every day. I praise Your holy name, Jesus! Amen.