Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:28-29 (ESV)
We have a tendency to take Jesus’ words and cast them into a context of pithy greeting card wisdom. We might hear what Jesus tells us in the verse just quoted and think, “that’s nice, but He doesn’t know my problems. I can’t just rest!”
Indeed, we have made it a badge of honor to be stressed and pushed. When someone asks you how you are doing, do you really ever answer, “I feel rested, refreshed, ready to get busy”. Even after vacations, nobody says that (you’ve all heard of needing a vacation from your vacation).
Don’t dismiss Jesus’ words out of hand. Because Jesus has been there. He wept with Lazarus’ family, so He knew heartbreak. The pain of what was facing Him at Calvary was so real, He sweat blood – have any of you? I haven’t. Jesus has been without and was with many who wondered where their next meal was coming from – the feeding of the 5,000. This Jesus understands. He is more qualified to be there next to you, no matter what you may be facing. And yes, He was even tempted to sin.
We are called to a life of rest. That’s not preached from the pulpits like it should be, but it is true. This Christian life is one of living, yielding, standing on ancient promises that never lost their relevance, or their power. He did miracles then. He can do them now. He will do them many decades from now.
He’s got me. Has He got you?