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Invitation to the Weary and Burdened (Sermon)

Invitation to the Weary and Burdened (Sermon)

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An exposition of Jesus' invitation to the weary and burdened in Matthew 11:28-30.
An exposition of Jesus' invitation to the weary and burdened in Matthew 11:28-30.

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Invitation to the Weary and Burdened
Matthew 11:28-30
v. 25-27
 At that time Jesus said, "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you havehidden these things from the wise and learned, and reve aled them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure."All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father,and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”
Jesus uses the word
twice in these verses. He says “these things” about God are
to those who are chosen and to little children. God chooses those who humblethemselves to receive His revealed wisdom. It is His good pleasure to make salvation available tous, even though we do not deserve it.In modern American culture, it is virtuous to be completely self-reliant. Our country wasfounded to break away from the ideas that there were men born as lords and then those whoowed their allegiance to them. We believe that every person is born equal right to life, liberty,and the pursuit of happiness.But here, Jesus says there is a “Lord of heaven and earth” who we are entirely dependent on for salvation. God makes salvation available to those who would receive it. And those who receive itare those who humble themselves like little children. The “wise and learned” cannot receive thisgift because they want to achieve it on their own.For us to receive what God has for us today, we need to realize that we cannot be self-reliantwhen it comes to “these things” that God chooses to reveal to us. We must acknowledge thatGod is “Lord of heaven and earth” and that we cannot dictate our own terms to Him. We cannotsay, “Well, I don’t believe in this.” Or, “Well, I don’t agree with that.” If it is
to us, wemust accept it by faith as it is given to us.
v. 28
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Christians believe that God sent Jesus as a Savior into a world that desperately needs Him. HereHe is in these verses, calling out to those He was sent to save: “Come to me! All of you!” Jesuscalls all people, but it is up to us to heed His call. Indeed, we already read that not everyone willheed this call, but only those that come to Him humbly and with faith like little children.
Jesus is calling to everyone who is burdened with regret, guilt, and their inability to performaccording to the way they ought to. We all get by the best we can in this life, but I think everyone would admit it is a struggle. We struggle with the effects of our own sin and the sin of others. We do not have peace because we do not have a right relationship with God. We have aconscience that tells us we ought to do one thing, but what we do is another.Knowing
God is not a solution. When Jesus was speaking here, he was addressing Jewswho knew God’s law in and out. It is good to know God’s law, but without a right relationshipwith God, it only serves to point out our inability to please Him. Jesus came to take away the burden of sin and instead give us rest through a restored relationship with God.
v. 29a
“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble at heart, and you will  find rest for your souls.”
First, Jesus diagnosed the problem. Here, He gives the remedy. A yoke is a bar that you putacross the shoulders of an ox, mule, or horse so that they can plow the ground. Elsewhere in theBible, a yoke is a metaphor for servitude. In other words, Jesus is asking us to replace our own burden, the one that we carry when we are not in right relationship with Him, with the servitudethat we owe Him in a right relationship.Here, some will balk, “Ah, a loving God would not demand that we serve Him; He would simplytake away our burden.” But, have you considered that He is, after all, Lord of heaven and earth?Have you considered that someone must be god in your life—and if you think it is yourself, areyou really in control? If you are in control, then do you always do the good you know you oughtto do? Do you always avoid the sin that you ought to avoid? In fact, you are not in control, butsin controls you. You are a slave to sin and carry its burden.Jesus says, “I came and died to remove the burden of your sin. Please accept what I’ve done for you and come back into a right relationship with me.”When we become a Christian, we become a disciple of Jesus. We take His yoke upon ourselvesand do the work that He has prepared for us. We need to learn to be good oxen. As I understandit, Christians should be the most humble and selfless people in the world, but at the same timethe most hardworking, persevering, disciplined, focused, and ambitious people in the world. Theyoke of discipleship that Jesus gives us will lead us to difficulty and hardship. We need to betough and ready, not limp and timid. Someone said, “Christianity is not for your handkerchief, but for your backbone.”
v. 29b
“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble at heart, and you will  find rest for your souls.”
Acts 14:22
, Paul and Barnabas tell the newly formed churches at the end of their firstmissionary journey, “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.” In
1Peter 2:20-21
, Peter writes, “But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this iscommendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving youan example that you should follow in his steps.”We take His yoke upon ourselves and learn from Him. Where does He lead us? He leads alongthe path that He Himself took—submission to God and a determination to follow God’s plan for His life. It is important for us to realize that Christianity is not a destination that we arrive at, butrather a path that we walk.What does he teach us, as we walk along this path? Jesus teaches us to be like Him. You do notneed to be holy to be a Christian, but you become a Christian so that gradually God will makeyou holy through a process we call
. In fact, the name Christian means
little Christ 
.When we follow Jesus in discipleship, we learn gentleness and humility, which is so contrary tothe brashness and pride that we find in the world. We find a deep peace and security that comesfrom a trusting relationship with God, which allows us to be gentle and humble.People who need to justify themselves are those who boast and take pride in what they havedone. But people who are justified by God are gentle and humble because of what God has donefor them.
v. 29c
“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble at heart, and you will  find rest for your souls.”
Finally, Jesus says that after we take this yoke upon us,
we will find rest for our souls. Inother words, there is no other way to find rest for our souls but through a restored relationshipwith God.
 Isaiah 55:1-2
"Come, all you who are thirsty,come to the waters;and you who have no money,come, buy and eat!Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.Why spend money on what is not bread,and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.

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