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The Great Invitation (A Study of Matthew 11:28-30) Part 7

03 Aug

Friends: I consider it a great privilege to work on my blog every day. And for the next few posts I’ll be examining one of my favorite passages, Matthew 11:28-30. This is a text worthy of memorization (which I’m very bad at). I want to slowly go through these verses with you and see as much as we can, with the Holy Spirit’s help. Here’s that famous text for us to examine once again:

We’ve looked at the context of this incredible invitation and some at the Koiné Greek and its implications. We started to outline the passage and saw that Jesus’ invitation is a qualified one: He invites not all, but all who are weary and burdened.

I. The Great Invitation (v. 28): “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened . . .”

We then noticed the second major truth in this text: Jesus’ promise!

II. The Great Promise (v. 28): “and I will give you rest.”

The rest that Christ gives is refreshment, a soothing. One may cease from his trying to work for his salvation — and find rest in Christ! We can’t refresh ourselves.

Let’s move on and see Christ’s great command in verse 29.

III. The Great Command (v. 29): “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me.”

A. We are to WORK!

The term “yoke” is used twice in our passage. A “yoke” was used to bind two animals together to help them . . . WORK! There is work to be done for Christ — and we get yoked together with Him! The Apostle Paul tells us that we are “co-laborers with Christ” — “For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.” (I Cor. 3:9). We are also called “God’s co-workers” in 2 Corinthians 6:1.

(In our next post we will see that we are to LEARN!).

Today’s Challenge: Has it dawned on you that you are a co-worker with Christ, yoked with Him to do God’s will in this world? Wow. It is only by His grace that we can be partners with the Second Person of the Trinity! Praise Him for this truth today!

 
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