We have a lot of fun when describing the different hand signals from different cultures that call us to ‘come’.
Jesus has one too, and into our own weariness He steps in with His powerful expression to come speaking instantly into our lives the promise of simplicity, hope and refreshment.
Jesus gets it – knows the need and importance of coming away and being replenished. People want and need what He offered and what we offer through Him – healing, forgiveness, courage, hope, life.
However, the invitation to come is really the opportunity to invite us into a relationship with God. There is an expression at the first glance of Matthew 11 that maybe predestination plays a part in our ability to come. At first glance it seems that some will have the gospel revealed to them and to others it would be hidden. I made the same conclusion as I was reading the passage. So I love the word, “all” because that gets rid of that doubt pretty quickly and my hope is restored.
If we are to “come”, then by default we are being asked to “leave” something else. We are being invited to come and receive rest, hope or a new identity in Jesus. The bottom line is that whatever you were looking for in something else, you will only find it in Jesus – He is the true giver of rest, the only One who can save and the satisfaction your soul has yearned for.
“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, 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