Sunday, February 14, 2010

An Invitation

Matthew 11:28-30
28 “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 “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. 30 “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

The Lord Jesus Christ invites all who labor and are heavy laden to enter His rest. For everything as a disciple of Jesus starts with believing in and receiving Him as one’s own personal Savior. "But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name" John 1:12 Therefore Jesus invites us all to come to Him, everyone who is burdened or is heavy laden without reference to context to come and enter His rest. In other words you don’t have to disqualify yourself from the life of God because of your past, or because someone else has. God has a place for you if you believe in and receive His Son the Lord Jesus Christ by faith. It is really that simple, and it is for that purpose that Jesus came forth from God and willingly died in our place so that we might all have forgiveness of all our sins and new life when we repent and believe in Him (Mark 1:15). Therefore the Scripture promises: “If anyone is in Christ they are a new creation, all things have passed away, behold all things have become new.” 2 Cor. 5:17

Again Jesus came to take people's burdens away, not impose them, whether burden's of guilt (John 8:1-12), sorrow (Matt. 5:3) or simply burdens of life. Jesus didn’t come to bring in a new religion, as if religion itself can solve anything. Rather Jesus came to restore us to God, by which we experience His life in us, and through us (Gal. 2:21). In this Jesus provides both our justification (by His Crucifixion death) and the sanctification (by His Spirit) so that when anyone believes in Him, they receive forgiveness of all their sins, and new and everlasting life. That is why the Bible say’s God has made peace through the blood of Christ’s cross (Col. 1:20). For without the shedding of blood there can be no forgiveness, whether in the Old Covenant or in the new (Heb. 9:22). Therefore the Lord Jesus Christ's Sinless Person's shed blood is the price paid for every sinners peace and reconciliation back to God. "For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him." 2 Cor 5:21

Therefore what man cannot do, and what religion will never do, God has done by sending His own Son to die in our place so, that we might have peace with Him through Him. Therefore there is nothing that we can do to make peace with God other then believe what He already has done to save us from our sins and eternal condemnation, when we believe in Jesus. That is why Jesus Christ’s blood was shed on the cross so that the relationships we see Jesus living out with everyday people in the gospels; the tax collectors and sinners, and people burdened by every sort of circumstance of life, we can now have with Him, because of what God has done through Him, to make us all acceptable to Himself. God’s grace is available to everyone who simply repents and believes in Jesus Christ the Lord. They will have remission of all their sins and eternal life.

"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved." John 3:16-17

Scripture Quotations
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

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