My Musings – The first thing that catches my attention is the word “come.” Jesus has completed His work. He came to earth and suffered an excruciating death on the cross. The old saying “I’ll meet you half way” holds no comparison to the lengths that Christ went to on our behalf. It is now up to us. We must come to Him. Just as we are. While we are still sinners. What more could we possibly expect from Him that He has not already done.
The second thing that catches my eye is the word “all.” We all have sinned. We all have fallen short. Nevertheless, we all may come. Again, just as we are, while we are still sinners. No fine print. No “some exclusions may apply.” “Ya’ll come.”
Third is “weary and burdened.” Burdened by the load of sin we bear. Weary of trying to earn our salvation on our own. Both troubled and afraid by the realization that we cannot.
Fourth, “I will give you rest,” and “you will find rest for your souls.” “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:26-27, NIV 1984). Peace that surpasses all understanding.
Fifth is the word “learn.” Once we come to Him there is so much to learn from Him. He wants to transform us, and to renew our minds now that He has renewed our hearts and we have been made right with Him.
Sixth, “for I am gentle and humble of heart.” What a contrast to the way of the world! What a contrast to our old self. “Gentle,” having or showing a mild, kind, or tender temperament or character. “Humble,” not thinking more highly of ourselves than we ought. After all, think of what we were and where we were headed before the “touch of the Master’s hand.” “Of heart,”one’s innermost character, feelings, or inclinations. Changed forever by Christ’s redeeming grace.
Finally, “my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Jesus bore our sins for us. That load has been lifted from us. Forever. Final. No forfeiture. All we need to is “come.” What could be easier. This is the only real exception to “if it sounds to good to be true, it isn’t.” Because, “God never made a promise that was too good to be true.” – Dwight L. Moody.
My Advice – Just come. It’s that easy. He carried the cross on His back for you. He did the heavy lifting.