Jesus invites us to rest!

Scripture reading for October 8th: Matthew 8-11

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

This portion of Matthew is one I have preached on often and return to on a regular basis.  I have a tendency to love to work.  It is like there is a subtle underlying need to find my worth in what I do or how much I can do.  This is hard to admit.   I must be reminded often that  He is able to handle the loads of life’s problems and I must walk with Him daily.   My work earns me nothing because salvation is all grace.

In the time of Jesus, a rabbi was a master teacher who gathered disciples.  When a student was fully trained, he would be like his teacher.  (Luke 6:40)  It was an honor to be invited to follow a rabbi and only the brightest and best were asked.  However, Jesus the “rabbi”, went among the common people and called out those who appeared to be the unqualified.  Jesus looked at the heart!

The ‘yoke’ of the rabbi was his teachings and example.  A disciple would learn to follow the master so closely that it was said that the dust of the rabbi was on their clothes as they walked closely behind him.  Jesus called all to come to him!   He asked them to come under His authority, which had been given Him by the Father.  (Matthew 11:27)  Sickness departed at His word! (Matthew 8:2-3)  Demons in people left at His command!  (Matthew 8:28-34)  Sins were forgiven and a paralytic healed. (Matthew 9:1-8)  A dead girl was raised to life at His word! (Matthew 9:23-25) Blind men received their sight at His touch.  (Matthew 9:27-31) At His command, the disciples were sent out and miracles were done through their hands!  (Matthew 10:1-8)

Following Jesus still requires a complete surrender to learn from Him.  His ‘yoke’  is easy and His ‘burden’ is light because He is with us wherever we are!  We can rest in Him today and follow closely!   Our walk with Him on earth leads to eternity with Him!

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