“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 (NIV)
Jesus’ words in these verses come amidst frustration. His cousin, John the Baptist, has questioned, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?” (Matthew 11:3). He expresses his disappointment and exasperation as people have witnessed his miracles and still not turned their hearts towards God. All this leads up to this week’s verses. Read the verses again and hear the longing in Jesus’ words for the people he loves to respond to him.
I imagine Jesus saying these words to me like this: “Come to me. You are exhausted and weighed down by life. I will give you rest. Learn from me. I’m God’s Son – when you see me, you see God himself. I am gentle, and my heart is humble – you will find rest for your soul in me because of my way of living. My righteousness is light.”
When you think about how you’ve seen Jesus work in your own life, how are you responding to him? Our part is to come to him. How can you do that each day this week?
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