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. Let’s look at that famous text once again:
We’ve seen the context of this incredible invitation, noticing some of the Koiné Greek and its implications. We began to outline the passage, observing that Jesus’ invitation is a qualified one, inviting 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 saw the second major truth in this text: Jesus’ promise!
II. The Great Promise (v. 28): “and I will give you rest.”
Christ’s great command is here in verse 29.
III. The Great Command (v. 29): “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me.”
A. We are to WORK!
B. We are to LEARN!
We are to study as believers — and our curriculum is CHRIST! He is gentle and humble. And such study produces a much sought-after result —
IV. A Second Great Promise — of Soul-Rest (v. 29)
Jesus promises to those who work with Him and learn from Him a commodity most pursued by human beings — soul-rest! What is meant by “soul-rest”? It is certainly deeper than mere physical rest. This is a spiritual benefit of being right with God — and being active in working and learning. We are not inanimate objects who simply allow God’s truths to passively wash over us. We pursue. We study. And we will be rewarded.
Today’s Challenge: What does someone who has Christ’s soul-rest look like? I’d very much like your reflection on this question! Please feel free to describe yourself or someone else you believe has (even momentary) soul-rest!