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November 2, 2020 10:41 am
All of us enjoy receiving invitations, I suppose, with the caveat that the pens are doing advising what the occasion is, generally speaking, I will like to receive an invitation. I'm going to speak this morning about an invitation and invitation, which is for everyone.
This invitation comes to you this morning and it comes to me and then the message that when a challenge you to accept this magnificent and invitation. I believe it is the greatest invitation, which is ever been given though. If you're going to receive this invitation. Humility is absolutely essential in the chapter 11 of Matthew that we are studying Jesus had said in verse 15 he who has ears to hear, let them hear that is not everyone really hears and understands and receive this invitation. We want to be those who hear the word of God who will respond to it and who will be asking you to humble yourself this morning not to be critical over the word of God not deceive if you can find fault with the teaching of Jesus, but rather to come in the spirit of humility, because I don't want anyone to miss the impact the importance and the consequences of this invitation both know and for all of eternity is a wonderful passage of Scripture.
If you're visiting. Let me explain that were going consecutively through the book of Matthew and this morning we come to Matthew 11 verse 25.
If you have your Bible, you can open their and follow with me. Matthew 11 verse 25. At that time Jesus declared, I thank you father, Lord of heaven and earth that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children. Yes father for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my father and no one knows the son except the father and no one knows the father except the son and anyone to whom the son chooses to reveal him come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I'm gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
For my yoke is easy and my burden is light, magnificent passage of Scripture, very rich and that we're only going to visit were skate over the surface but emphasized this gracious invitation, to meet Linda Lewis in her testimony. The last one being baptized referred to the invitation. In John one, and see and this is what Jesus is saying, come to me, to Jesus why should we come to Jesus. Well, notice what Jesus says come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden want first to understand that we have heavy burdens invitation is given to those who are heavy burden. Jesus is praying. Notice he says in verse 25. Father, he is the son of God. God is his father was Lord of heaven and that whether claim and then Jesus say something, perhaps which is a little confusing to us. He says, Lord of heaven you've hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children, these spiritual truth that Jesus is teaching are hidden to some people. Some people just don't understand them as some people may hear, but they don't really get the pine they are wise in the ways of the world.
Their well-educated there's nothing wrong wrong with her intellectual capacity, but the problem is that they are spiritually blind. This is why Jesus over and over again tells us he was ears to hear. W Dawn miss the message is the point. Previous lasers are a couple of weeks ago. The very cities which is seen the mighty works of the Lord rejected them.
They hired this all but they did not fully understand that in the midst was truly the kingdom of God, in the spirit of pride you, and you think you know more than the word of God, you come with a rather critical attitude, a play, you're not in that category, but rather our humble that you are like a child, not childish but childlike humility ready to hear teachable ready to grasp these deep spiritual truths. Don't be a critic but be humble. I know this how wonderful it is that this invitation is given to everyone. Verse 28 come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden usually invitations are to us like people group of people, but this is our universal invitation. Everyone is invited to come to Jesus come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, Jesus as the good Shepherd who loves to care for us lobster take our burdens lobster take our cares all life.
And let's face it, is the true that you burdens you have struggles in life that sometimes overwhelm you. We have some of that in the testimonies of people as they go through life circumstances come into our life and we may think we are reasonably good people, we may think we're quite equipped for life and yet our circumstances often with either control which come enjoy life and we realize that we cannot handle them by ourselves when we would discourage would overwhelm these heavy burdens come in all shapes and sizes, but that is one of the most important burden, a burden that all of us with and we accepted them is that within is I heavy burden of sin you say send someone from the Calvary told me that I talk too much about sin. I realize that our culture once to eliminate the very concept of sailor cards and legislature not meeting our educators have redefined some sense.
Even some churches get rid of the time were told that we are all to be positive. People don't want to hear the negative things about said that negative energy. Let's meet positive talk about sin is antiquated uses, guilt belongs to the past age shortly. So sin is redefined. It's renamed is removed from our language and in that way.
It is sought out personal accountability to God is evaded will Jesus talks about sin. The Bible talks about seven even if you deny the very concept of said let me ask you what you sometimes realize that you've done wrong.
But God has given us a conscience that is our God consciousness. So many people have guilt and shame there is not such a thing as sin. Why are we so quick to cover-up on the SKUs ourselves and often come over complete hypocrites. As we try to project an image which we know is not true because our hearts are deceitful and desperately wicked wicked. The Bible says and this burden is the greatest button and can I tell you, you will never find yourself rid of the pardon of sin, the burden of unforgiven sin is a very very heavy one. You know you come regularly to tell the church all of Pilgrim's progress by John Bunyan and that here is a picture of from the addition of Pilgrim's progress that I have of the man John Bunyan calls Christian and he's about to begin his journey is in the city of destruction.
John Bunyan says and is traveling through the celestial city, a picture of heaven and why is he trying to go there while he realizes that he's got terrible but enough cities read the book, the Bible and Bunyan pictures. It is a heavy burden on these by the burden of sin you feel that burden. I hope you do hope you're not one of these people, but because you're perfect that you don't do wrong that you have not offended God. This is a heavy burden of sin is also the burden and struggles of life.
Life is hard. Life is often a burden struggle their struggles within families that are broken hearts broken personal relationships frustrations on injustices at work in society.
There is bereavement. There's loneliness is personal failure role dealing with Corbett 19 there is injustice. There's betrayal.
There's sickness. There's terminal illness. There's frustration with our own failures. There's all kinds of burdens and to be a very unusual person who says I'm here today and I don't have a struggle I don't have a burden. Many of these burdens. In fact, crushing. We had about some of them to the testimonies crushing make life very difficult. You may be child school students and I think you burdens that are children and students are bullied at school. There unfairly compared with a brother or sister have not chosen to play in the team and the practice and they think they're better than so-and-so but he or she gets like that, then they don't. There's the burden of loneliness of the stress of exams of the unfairness and stress and rejection which even children and students experience will carry burdens but let me speak about the unique invitation unique invitation. The invitation is given by Jesus himself. I could never say to this congregation far less of a world come to me with your bargains and struggle over the years I've been privileged to console and meet with numerous people, but burdens and cares and I have the privilege of praying with them of counseling him of looking at the word of God by the many cases I realize I console the board is too difficult to painful burdens that people carry. But Jesus says come to me. How is that he consider his own authority. This is not so much a demand is a gracious invitation and our Lord Jesus is inviting you to come to him with your heavy burdens is a well who is he who loses Jesus is what Matthew was writing his gospel. The gospel is an accountant of the life and death and burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus and Matthews already told us much about Jesus. He is the Savior's name Jesus means, to be the Savior of sins is the king Matthew Singh is King. Jesus not only King of the Jews, but King of Kings and Lord of lords. Matthew has reminded us that Jesus is Emmanuelle God with Matthew has told us that beautiful scene of the baptism of Jesus when the heavens opened and the father says this is my beloved son in whom well pleased. He's the son of God. This is no ordinary man not a prophet, not just someone who has special enlightenment of life and who can help you through this. Trials and troubles alike know this is somewhat different is unique. He says in verse 27 all things have been handed over to me by my father, that is God the father King Jesus has absolute authority in heaven and on earth. Matthew is going to make that clear to the very end of his gospel is our Lord Jesus is sending his disciples to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the father and the son and the Holy Spirit, and so on. And Jesus has all authority is given to me in heaven and on. Yes, this I guarantee that if you come to Jesus will deal with your burden Absalom burden of sin's power strength is Grace's love on section.
Not only is Jesus all authority. He says this, verse 27 all things have been handed over to me by my father and no one knows the son except the father and no one knows the father except the son and anyone to whom the son chooses to reveal her music that's really deep. It is very powerful statements are there only true of Jesus. He is the son of God who comes to reveal the invisible God, by the spirit. No one has seen God at any time, and then to time enter space so that we can see and understand as a disciple starts Jesus is the solemn action they realize that in Jesus Christ is God incarnate God with us on the father reveals these truths to his son so that to see Jesus is to see God. He who assisted me.
So Jesus has seen the father. Everything that the father Moses revealed to the son, why he's equal with God, mother, father and God the son and says Jesus the son chooses to reveal the father to others and this is so important that that Jesus is the only one who can reveal God the father to us. This is why the invitation is unique that Jesus is the only way to God. I realize people challenge that people think what bigoted when we say that people say you're not tolerant of other views.
This is God incarnate Singh's is not my idea.
This is God that you know Jesus is to know so responds to this gracious invitation.
He is uniquely the one who can say come to me all who are weary, all laden and I will give you rest. Come to Jesus with these heavy Jews and how is it that the Lord Jesus can deal with a heavy burdens because not only is that based on who is but based on what he has done well by this tolerable burden of sin. The biggest burden that any of us can have that Isaiah the prophet says these wonderful words as he prophesies the Jesus and the others in the testimonies that the number of them said that Jesus ties for same.
The gospel good news is just an Jesus die.
He died for our sins. There's a word again. Been trying to me that he dies for us to Isaiah puts it this way. Surely he has borne our grief's, and carried souls and when else we can kata your griefs of George Soros, the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all become rights. He himself. Jesus bore our sins in his body on the tree. Here is my heavy burden of sin and Isaiah is saying that heavy burden of sin is laid on Jesus. He who knew no sin is made sin for us, so John the Baptist brilliantly points to Jesus and says behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world does he take away this is the sinless one God incarnate as a when he dies on the cross he is dying for the sins of the world, dying for my sins, paying the price for my sins going into the judgment of God and the condemnation of God, which I desire, not only dying for my sins and being diverted, but being raised again on the third day according to the Scriptures so that he is alive. So it is a living Christ's. He give you this is another picture from from Pilgrim's progress that is Christian John Bunyan's character in Pilgrim's progress and areas of the cross is a water body. Sin these idiots is beginning to roll away and Bunyan rights puts these words in Christian's mouth so I saw in my dreams as John Bunyan, the justice Christian came up with the cross is burden loose from off his back and began to tumble and so continue to do till it came to the mouth of the sepulcher when it fell in and I saw it no more, but wonderful.
You get rid of this burden of your sin come to the cross of Christ. Prescription humbly acknowledging our sins and looks for the cross where there my Savior paid the price for my sins and as he comes to Christ.
This miracle yes this miracle takes place, says Bunyan day the Barton rolled away and he said and I saw no more you think of this all of your sins of the past but when you come to the cross you're forgiven and just picture your your your sins is this big big bird big big package roles in the roles and the roles and you will see it no more. We sometimes remember when people maligning us someone has made life difficult for you. You say you forgive them, but you still remember, God doesn't do that. He remembers our sins no more than totally one of our candidates for baptism refer to two Corinthians 517 is what Paul is saying if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation the old has passed away. You has none like him, nor will there ever be anyone like him. And if you come with humility.
He will forgive you notice how Jesus describes himself in one of his few self designations. He says in verse 29 take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart will be free to go to Jesus is my stop at five to get his name is Shorty if he doesn't he doesn't want me gentle and lowly in heart, you don't need to hide anything from Jesus. Every single thing about Jesus as the one who comes to me I will in no wise cast to come humbly to come with repentance to come believing that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins was better than rose again and receive a majority as your Savior it will forgive all of your sins, he will not cast you out.
You will never ever be disappointed with coming to Jesus's grace is love is compassion of infinity will receive. This is why I say this is the greatest invitation of a given it's come to me all labored under heavy laden, and notice as we had that wonderful song that Vicki Sieg and Linda in the testament discrete work come as one of the great words of the gospel come to me can you hear Jesus speaking to you, your name there. Come to me.
I heard the call of Jesus come to me when I was 12 years old Christian camp. We went to play soccer.
To me the boy of 12, I came on you and sins that came to the cross and the burden on my back rolled away and I've never seen it again is gone not receive the forgiveness of God.
I received this piece I received his joy and for all of these years. With his help I have followed Jesus Christ and anyone here was come to Jesus following him would never ever say they were disappointed they would never say they regret heavy burden unique invitation. Finally, the greatest rest here is rest for restless hearts come to me, all who labor under heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, friend, gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Press piece he will give you rest well promise you long for that rest, I trust you realize you've lived your life will be ups and downs, the joys and the disappointments your mistakes things beyond your control that you understand that things of this life by the possessions, your portfolio that your education that your achievements that your pleasure to that your enjoyments are not lasting are you restless answer is yes. This way if you have a fever, produces restlessness and your your bed. I just can't get a comfortable spot you believe the pillow blame the blankets you blame the mattress you blame the noise blame the room temperature them of the problem is the problem fever Mitchell restless. We have restless people we see God created us in a Certain Way, Augustine got it right. He says and that wonderful prayer to God that has created us for thyself and our hearts can never rest until they rest in the standard concrete God created you with the spiritual dimension and if you ignore that you live life on the physical level only concern with this world. Putting yourself at that very center of your universe, you're missing the whole point. Of course you restless where some of the testimonies about that restlessness that is within us and people turn to alcohol or drugs are sexual experiments, money, unbridled freedom of use.
The highway then to deny him to escape. This sense of restlessness, left the other day when I was a copy of the people magazine, though I confess I don't buy it right.
Some of you do is when that your sins but one organizer to identify yourself, but was reading it is not everything.
Most of its pictures and 70 celebrities using who cares of this will a people do care, but the mice and amassed something something is on the fifth marriage someday is trying to get their life together 45 years older there successful, would be all in these movies, but one of the beautiful celebrities in life that so many people want to be like that life is a mess. I was a little better but you wonder how long that's going to be restlessness. Jesus has come to me if you understand this restless hearts only find arrest and Jesus himself. God made you for himself. Therefore, your true rest. But the true center of gravity. The true North in your life is not yourself.
Don't make yourself is that as the captain of your life. Surrendering to Jesus, Horatius Bonner, Scottish writer writes in 1846. This beautiful light.
I heard the voice of Jesus say, come unto me, and rest. I'm praying that many of you here will hear the voice of Jesus on the voice of John Monroe voice of Jesus I had the voice of Jesus say, come unto me, and rest.
Lay down I really want laid on your head upon my breasts. Notice what rations Bonner writes. I came to Jesus as I was marvelous.
You'll need to clean up your act, you come with your brokenness, you come with your sin, you come just as I have.
I came to Jesus as I was weary and worn inside. I find in him what restingplace rest and he has made me and then to Jesus. My yoke is easy, verse 30. My yoke is easy and my burden is light. Some of your samples wonderful to come to Jesus and have your sins forgiven and know when you die going to heaven, but going to be straight restrained by anyone. I don't like is this idea of your well with a picture of its RS wooden bar used for joining to animals. This case auction with a partner feel good to pull a carpenter yoke together God to work in harmony got to go in the same direction you. Jesus says my yoke upon you and learn from me, gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Take for my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Yoke may seem very restrictive. Does amazing bondage. You may stop us from going out on way. Why would we be yoke to Jesus else like to be yoke three terminally yoke to Jesus, not the burdensome yoke of the Pharisees, not the burdensome yoke of a legalistic religion, no yoke to Jesus drawing on his strength, his wisdom is gentleness, his love, his joy, that's a promise of this invitation to come to Jesus and you will be in him in Christ. Learning from him. This is then true freedom not going your own way, but rather be yoke to Jesus surrendering your life to Jesus living as God intended. And as you do that is a paradox of the gospel you try to save your life will lose it. If you lose your life for the sake of the gospel.
If you surrender your life to Jesus Christ and Fido find with joy way of rest when you come to Jesus will find rest for your soul. You will never leave you.
Mountaintop experiences is with me.
The Valley is with me in the humdrum of routine life. He is with me.
He's promised never to leave us and when we wonder from the one that underway as followers of Jesus sometimes get a bit off-track on way. Don't wait someday say yes yes of course you do right when you get a bit off-track is that wonderful that with the Savior who gently brings us back right say no John is not way to call is not the way to speak is another way to we confess our sins we get back and continue to walk with Jesus not only of the joys in this life there joys of the eternal reward because Jesus says I give you eternal life, and you will never perish in this is offered the stresses offered to you without money, without price. You don't favorite that comes at an infinite cost is Jesus gave himself for us on the cross.
The question for user concludes this is a simple one of you come to Jesus if no one is preventing you your private someone will think your future leave in his hands claim the promise I will give you rest for your soul world can give you that this is supernatural. This is Christ within us. There is no other place in heaven or on earth we can find rest for there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be safe. Today, some to Jesus is graciously speaking to to his voice when you come to me all you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, Frank Meek and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your soul.
For my yoke is easy and my burden is light come to Jesus with the burden of we come to Jesus with these burdens on you know claim under the praise and were going to stand saying I wonderful song I think some really snow burdens are lifted at Calvin, who was a burdens of the Calvary, we don't mean Calvary church here. We trust that is the case, but would filing Calvary of the cross that there burdens we pray with me you never yet open your heart to Christ. We do that is reprinted since come to me father you are the Lord of heaven – you know our hearts. You made us forgive up right. Forgive us mercy upon us this day. Pray for those who've never yet come. Perhaps even braced a form of religion but is never penetrated the participant with a different life. Maybe even though open-heart come to Jesus someone here with heavy burdens to do with her family to do with health to do with work personal struggles, whatever they are, we bring them to you. Thank you.
The burdens lifted Calvary for the precious invitation for the wonderful Savior we think is