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The Great Invitation (A Study of Matthew 11:28-30) Part 5

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 thought a bit about the context of this incredible invitation and looked a bit at the Koiné Greek, seeing certain terms repeated with a variety of important implications. In our third post we began outlining the passage. And we noticed 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 . . .”

The term “weary” is used 23 times in the New Testament and includes the ideas of working with effort, growing weary, working hard (sometimes to the point of exhaustion).

But please notice a second description of the one being invited to come to Jesus. It is one who is “burdened.” The term there is πεφορτισμένοι.

The form here is the Perfect Passive Participle of φορτίζω, a verb which means “to load, to overload, to cause someone to be weighted down.” It is used only two times in the New Testament (here in Matthew 11:28 as a Perfect Passive Participle) and in Luke 11:46 (three times: once as a Present Active Indicative verb and twice as nouns): Jesus said to the lawyers, “Woe to you lawyers as well! For you weigh men down with burdens hard to bear (literally, “you are presently burdening men with burdens”), while you yourselves will not even touch the burdens with one of your fingers.”

One can’t help but think of Pilgrim burdened down with the weight of his sin in The Pilgrim’s Progress. From what we’ve seen so far in this text, this certainly seems to be a gospel challenge, doesn’t it?

Today’s Challenge: Feeling burdened? Weighed down with your sin? Come to Jesus and find that He — and only He — can deal with your sin and give you peace.

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Posted by on July 28, 2020 in Matthew 11


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