Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Rest For Your Souls


Matthew 11: 25-30

Story & Lessons

The invitation of the Lord Jesus Christ to sinners is preceded by a prayer of thanksgiving to God the Father.

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The Lord Jesus Christ addressed God the Father as the "Lord of heaven and earth".

God is absolutely sovereign over the universe.

He cannot be toppled from His throne!

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The Lord Jesus Christ thanked God the Father for His sovereignty in revealing the gospel to sinners.

He hides the gospel truth from those like the Pharisees who considered themselves to be wise and prudent.

He reveals it to babes, who have a childlike trust in Him.

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God the Father has given His Son all authority and the Lord Jesus is sovereign in revealing Him.

He is the only Mediator between God the Father and men.

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Though the Lord Jesus Christ is sovereign in bringing salvation, He invites sinners to come to Him:

"Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."

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The word 'labor' means to toil and be exhausted in that toil.

There are many who have labored to find happiness, satisfaction and meaning to their lives, but have not been able to obtain these things.

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If we are to have rest:

  • We must come to the Lord Jesus Christ. He alone is able to take the burden of sin from us. There is no other person who is able to save us.

  • We must take His yoke. The yoke speaks of submission and service under the Lordship of Christ. The religion of the scribes and Pharisees with its man-made regulations was a heavy and burdensome yoke. The yoke of the Lord Jesus Christ is easy and His burden is light.

  • We must learn from the Lord Jesus Christ by following His example. He is gentle and humble.

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There is a wonderful promise here for all who respond to the invitation of the Lord Jesus Christ:

"You will find rest for your souls."

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We live in a troubled and restless world but the Lord Jesus Christ gives rest of soul which we can never obtain from this world.

This rest comes as a result of forgiveness of sin and flows from the enjoyment of peace with God and His love in our lives.

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