Topic: Matthew 11:28
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28
The cry of the Christian faith is the gentle word, "Come." The Jewish law harshly said, "Go, step carefully on the path in which you walk. If you break the commandments, you will perish; keep them, and you will live." The law was a burden even as it was a blessing, which drove men and women before it harshly; the gospel draws with arms of love.
Jesus is the good Shepherd going before His sheep, urging them follow Him, and always leading them onwards with the sweet word, "Come." The law repels, the gospel attracts. The law shows the distance which there is between God and man; the gospel bridges that awful chasm, and brings the sinner across it.
From the first moment of your spiritual life until you are ushered into glory, the language of Christ to you will be, "Come, come to me." As a mother puts out her finger to her little child and woos it to walk by saying, "Come," even so does Jesus. He will always be ahead of you, urging you follow Him as the soldier follows his captain. He will always go before you to pave your way, and clear your path, and you will hear His winsome voice calling you after Him all through your life. Later, in the solemn hour of death, His sweet words with which He will usher you into the heavenly world will be "Come, you who are so blessed of my Father."
This is not only Christ's cry to you, but, if you are a believer, this is your cry to Christ: "Come! come!" You will be longing for His second coming; you will be saying, "Come quickly, come Lord Jesus." You will be yearning for nearer and closer communion with Him. As His voice calls to you "Come," your response to Him will also be "Come, Lord, and live with me. Come, and occupy alone the throne of my heart; reign there without a rival, and dedicate me entirely to Your service."
When God calls you, are you ready to hear and obey? How can you prepare your mind and heart?