There are few passages sweeter and more beloved than Matthew 11, specifically verses 28-30, which says:
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 am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
These verses add an incredibly rich layer to our salvation. Here we find that our security in Christ comes by simply resting in Him. Instead of working, which only yields death (see Romans 6:23), we cease from our work and give all our labor over to Jesus, who finishes our work by His finished work on the cross.
Hebrews 4 explains that: there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his.
God’s example of His seventh-day rest provides the basis for our salvation. He began His rest, which continues still today. That is the rest that we enter. It is the rest of assurance in our salvation. It is the rest of justification by grace through faith. It is the rest of eternal joy in God. There is no working to enter it, for Matt 11:27 says this:
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.
Jesus gently draws us into the rest of God. He reveals the Father to those whom He chooses. But who does He choose?
All who come weary and heavy laden!
We can’t divorce verse 28 from 27. Jesus reveals the Father to those who come weary and heavy laden, that is, all who respond to His invitation to come. We can get into a debate about what election looks like until the cows come home, but the reality is that Jesus reveals and invites, then we respond and come. That’s the order in Scripture every time someone follows Jesus.
He is inviting all who are weary and heavy laden. Is that you? If so, do not hesitate to respond. Do not “harden your hearts” for Hebrews 4 tells us that a hardened heart ensures that you will never enter the rest of God. Jesus is calling to free us from every burden and every chain! We would be great fools not to come, and come joyfully.
Let us all come into the rest of God and lay our burdens at the feet of the only One who can bear our burdens away!