Matthew 11:28-29: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”
For at least forty years I have offered (with tongue in cheek) my fellow believers my message outline, The Plea, The Plan, and The Promise. Actually I never had such a message but always offered the outline. Today, for the first time, I will share with you my outline. These are wonderful verses, and, as usual, a close look results in a blessing.
The Plea: “Come unto me” These words in context are spoken to those who saw and experienced but did not believe. Today Jesus calls you sinner friend to come unto Him. There is no reason to run any longer with those who want to destroy you. Jesus wants to build your life. Saint of God, if you have tasted the sweet milk of heaven and have turned away, He says, Come unto me. You will notice He says, all ye. You can’t say you weren’t invited to come and dine!
The Plan: “Learn of Me” Here we find an invitation to learn of the Creator. What a challenge! What a blessing! No longer will it be the simple ideas of man but the spoken Truth of the one who made man. It will no longer be the “hope so or maybe so” of man but the eternal Truth of God. I have been saved for fifty years and I can still remember when I learned the truth of Romans 8:28. God’s truth does not grow old or cold. We do. Maybe your heart is cold today because you have laid aside some precious truth from the Word. It is time to “break up your fallow ground” (Hosea 10:12).
The Promise: “Ye shall find rest” Is that just what are you seeking in your life? There may be many different answers, but they would all add up to peace and rest. God promises rest for your soul. His promise is for now and for eternity. What more could you want. We are warned in Matt 6:19 of the moth and rust that doth corrupt, and then there are the thieves to steal your riches. No one can corrupt or steal the “rest” that God gives His children and promises to the sinner.
I don’t know if you are a saint or sinner today, but I am excited to offer you His Plea, His Plan, and His Promise and much more. Take a look at verse 30, and see the words easy and light. Today is your day for a decision. (Call us today at Tabernacle Baptist Church 757-424-4673.)