Message Text: Matthew 11:28-30
There’s only one place where Jesus tells us about his own heart.
Matthew 11:28-30 says “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.”
FIVE CATEGORIES of words used by Jesus here: words that invite, words that expose, words that describe, words that promise, and words that relieve (with help from Swindoll - Matt. 11:28–29).
The first set of words (actually a trio of words) invites: “come,” “take,” “learn,” “find” The greatest invitation you’ll ever receive (come, take, learn).
The second set of words exposes: “weary and burdened” (11:28). The greatest need you’ll ever have (relief from weary and burdened life)
The third set of words describes: Jesus is “gentle and humble in heart” (11:29). The greatest person you’ll ever meet (He’s God but gentle).
The fourth set of words promises: “I will give you rest” and “You will find rest for your souls” (11:28–29). The greatest rest you’ll ever enjoy (given and discovered).
The fifth and final set of words relieves: “My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matt. 11:30). The greatest lesson you’ll ever learn (easy yoke, lighter load).
Exchange your unfruitful, constant activity for all that Christ wants to do in your life. Come to Him, take His yoke, learn from Him, receive His promises, and bask in His peace. To the broken, bruised, downtrodden, oppressed, failed, fallen, ashamed, rejected, brutalized, and bullied, Jesus’ invitation comes like a gasp of air to a drowning person. By surrendering control, we lose nothing and gain everything. And by daily reminding ourselves that we’re under His yoke, we can rest in His protection, His provision, His perfect timing, and His constant guidance. Tied to Him, we can be confident that we’re not running ahead or lagging behind in danger. We can be sure that we’re accomplishing the task He wants accomplished through us. And we don’t have to worry about where our ability and sufficiency might come from. He provides both.