Monday, 16 March 2015

Matthew 11: Finding rest in Christ

Hello there folks and welcome back to A Place of Rest and a new week of studies in the book of Matthew. 
Here is the bookmark for March for anyone who is just joining us. You can start right here in Matthew ch 11; please don't feel that you have to go back to the start and try to catch up. You can use the weekends to catch up on any chapters you may have missed since we only do these studies Monday to Friday.

We have reached chapter 11 and it's the verses 28-30 that I am focusing on tonight.We can approach these verses from two angles, as a message directed towards the unsaved person and also towards the saved person. 

Christ calls all those people who are not yet saved, those who are still trusting in themselves to get to heaven, to come to Him. There is no peace or rest in this life outside of the Lord Jesus Christ. There is no salvation in any other person, place or thing, outside of Him. It is only in the name of Jesus that we find rest for our souls. I know that before I got saved, I had no rest for my soul. I knew there was something missing in my life and for a long time I didn't know what it was, until I read a Gospel tract explaining my need of Christ as Saviour and then it all fell into place. So here the Lord Jesus is calling to Himself all those who are working hard to make themselves acceptable for heaven, all those who are weighed down by the guilt of their sin. He tells them that if they come to Him for salvation, He will take their heavy burden away and they will finally find the peace they have sought for so long.

This message can also be embraced by the soul that has been saved but who is struggling at the minute with the cares and worries of this life and their responsibilities. It is for those who are trying their best to keep their heads above water and who have burdens that they carry on a daily basis. Of course, this could be all or any one of us women. What does the Saviour ask us to do? In three simple words, 'Come unto me'. He doesn't ask you to something that is beyond your ability; He doesn't ask you to do something that you know would be physically or mentally, He simply asks you to come to Him. He wants you to unburden yourself to Him in prayer. He wants you to ask Him for the help you need instead of trying to cope with it all alone. You're probably putting a heavier burden upon yourself than the one Christ gives. As Christians, we are those who serve Him and we accept that He is our master, in the same way that the animals such as oxen or horses serve their masters in the field. They bear the yoke of service and it can wear them down at times. We too have to bear burdens as a result of sin and still living in this sinful world but Christ says that He will make it as easy for us as possible. We'll never be completely free of our yoke until we reach heaven so we need to accept that and be thankful that we can bring our cares to Christ in prayer. Twice in these verses. the Lord Jesus reminds us that He will give us rest. 

Come to Christ tonight, whatever the burdens are that you are carrying and ask Him for His help.

Prayer matters:
  • Whatever the burdens are that you are carrying tonight, talk to the Lord about them; He cares about you and wants to help you and make the burden as light as possible
  • Thank Him that even though you live in a world cursed by sin and hardship, you still have a Saviour who loves you and will share your burdens willingly
  • If you are not yet saved, come to Him now and put your faith and trust in Him to save you and take away your burden of sin, washing you in His precious atoning blood

Hugs, Karen x

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