Jesus calls out to those who are weary and heavy-laden to come to Him and find rest.
In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus criticized the scribes and Pharisees because they
“Tie up heavy burdens and lay them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves are unwilling to move them with so much as a finger” (Matthew 23:4).
In contrast to the list of rules, requirements, and legalistic observances that the scribes and Pharisees required people to keep in order to participate fully in Israel’s faith, Jesus simply called out to the weary and burdened masses to come to Him.
Jesus’s call is a summons to all of those washed up and burnt out on their own efforts to enter into a relationship with Him. This relationship comes with no prerequisites or contractual negotiations. It is a gracious, hospitable gift offered to all who come, and Jesus promises that all who respond will be given rest (Matthew 11:28).
Why does coming to Jesus offer the hope of “rest” for the “weary and heavy-laden?”
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