The Cordial Invitation of Christ
Outline: The invitation is for everyone and it is from God Himself. Jesus gives peace and freedom from the burdens of sin and difficulties, when we come to Him at the cross.
|Theme:||Problems, troubles, worries; Sacrifice/Atonement; Rest for our souls; Love of God|
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Blessed be the Lord Jesus that His cross is attracting the whole world. This is the only place where the heavy-laden are freed from their burdens. Listen to the hearty invitation that the Lord Jesus Christ gives to all: "Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." This invitation is for all, for the young and for the old, for the rich and for the poor, for the educated and the uneducated.
There are two main things in it. One is that it is for everyone. The invitation is given to all who have burdens of sin and difficulties. The other is that it is the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, (He is God in human form) Who gives this invitation and promise.
People everywhere are struggling to get two things: (1) Security. (2) Peace. All people desire that their children will at least get food, clothing, and shelter. Where is security? Where is peace? Can the world and its material resources give us peace? Can knowledge, riches, honor and family give us peace? Brothers and sisters, no one has derived peace through these means.
Our difficulties are varied. They are physical, economical, intellectual, and spiritual. The greatest of all is the spiritual difficulty. Our souls are hungry. We long for the realization of God. We need forgiveness of sin. We need regeneration. Yes, we stand in need of eternal life.
At such a moment, the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, gives you the cordial invitation: "Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden." God Himself gives you this invitation. When Almighty God gave the sacrifice of His Son, the Lord Jesus on the cross, for my sins, and the sins of this world, He gave His all. The cross of Christ is the supreme act of God's wondrous love. At that place is seen God's love for mankind at its perfection. That love is inviting you. What does God expect from you? He only wants to know whether you love Him or not. If His love has touched your heart, come - come just as you are. Hold on to His promise. Talk to Him. Tell Him your sins and ask Him to forgive you. He will do it. Tell Him you believe in the Lord Jesus and you will follow Him. If you do this, you will certainly enter into life and will get eternal peace in your souls. May the Lord help you.