“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest.”
Rest. I love rest. The older I get, the more I love it. In the midst of the flurry of Spring work’s demands outside, the words of Jesus in this verse give me a calming feeling in my spirit. After a good night’s rest, my body and mind are miraculously restored (well, maybe not totally…).
But Jesus speaks of a deeper rest if we answer His invitation and come to Him. A rest for our souls.
Jesus has just denounced three of the cities in which most of His miracles had been performed, because they did not repent. And then He launches into a prayer of thanksgiving to His Father that He has hidden the revelation of Himself from the “wise and learned,” but revealed Himself to the “weary and burdened,” those who are lowly of heart and willing to receive Jesus on faith.
So Jesus offers us a rest from the weariness from and burden of the guilt and sin in so many of our actions and even more so in our thoughts throughout the day.
This is also a Gospel call to the unrepentant, unconverted sinner. Jesus purchased our rest by living a sinless, obedient life, giving His own life on the cross as the atoning sacrifice for our sin, and was risen from the dead to life everlasting.
So Jesus is our rest. Come to Him. All you who are weary and burdened.