What Jesus Did! 'Come to Me' — Matthew 11:28

Sunday, May 28, 2017

"Come to me all you people that are tired and have heavy burdens. I will give you rest."
— Matthew 11:28
Illustration of Matthew 11:28 — "Come to me all you people that are tired and have heavy burdens. I will give you rest."

Key Thought

Tired! Weary! Exhausted! Depleted! Burdened! Is that you? There are times when the limits of our mortality overwhelm our intentions, commitments, and abilities. In our quest for significance, we chase so many things. But there is only one true quest for significance that leads to rest: we must surrender all of those burdens to Jesus and trust him to supply our significance. Why is it so hard for us to come to Jesus? ... To let him begin right now where we are in our lives? Why is it so hard to put down our burdens and come to him?

Today's Prayer

Lord God Almighty, you are marvelous beyond description and majestic beyond comprehension. But since you came to my world in Jesus, I come to him to find you. Please help me know you as I come to Jesus for rest. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Then Jesus criticized the cities where he did most of his miracles. Jesus criticized those cities because the people there did not change their lives and stop sinning. Jesus said, "It will be bad for you Chorazin. It will be bad for you Bethsaida. I did many miracles in you. If those same miracles had happened in Tyre and Sidon, then those people in Tyre and Sidon would have changed their lives a long time ago. Those people would have worn sackcloth and put ashes on themselves to show that they were sorry for their sins. But I tell you, on the day of judgment it will be worse for you than for Tyre and Sidon. And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted up to heaven? No! You will be thrown down to the place of death. I did many miracles in you. If those same miracles had happened in Sodom, {the people of} Sodom {would have stopped sinning and it} would still be a city today. But I tell you it will be worse for you in the day of judgment than for Sodom." Then Jesus said, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth. I praise you because you have hidden these things from the wise and smart people. But you have shown these things to people that are like little children. Yes, Father, you did this because this is what you really wanted to do. "My Father has given me all things. No person knows the Son—only the Father knows the Son. And no person knows the Father—only the Son knows the Father. And the only people that will know about the Father are those people the Son chooses to tell. "Come to me all you people that are tired and have heavy burdens. I will give you rest. Accept my work and learn from me. I am gentle and humble in spirit. And you will find rest for your souls.

Matthew 11:20-29

Related Scripture Readings

"Come, let's go back to the Lord. He hurt us, but he will heal us. He wounded us, but he will put bandages on us. After two days he will bring us back to life. He will raise us up on the third day. Then we can live near him. Let's learn about the Lord. Let's try very hard to know the Lord. We know he is coming, like we know the dawn is coming. The Lord will come to us like the rain, like the spring rain that waters the ground."

Hosea 6:1-3

"All you thirsty people, Come drink water! Don't worry if you do not have money. Come, eat and drink until you are full! You do not need money; eat and drink until you are full. The food and wine cost nothing! Why waste your money on something that is not real food? Why should you work for something that does not really satisfy you? Listen very closely to me, and you will eat the good food. You will enjoy the food that satisfies your soul. Listen closely to the things I say. Listen to me so your souls will live. Come to me and I will make an agreement with you that will continue forever. It will be like the agreement that I made with David. I promised David that I would love him and be loyal to him forever. And you can trust that agreement.

Isaiah 55:1-3

{No matter what happens,} my soul waits patiently for God {to save me}. My salvation comes only from him. My soul, wait patiently for God {to save me}! God is my only hope. God is my fortress. God saves me. God is my place of safety high on the mountain.

Psalm 62:1, 5-6

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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