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Matt. 11:28-30 THERE
Intro: Ever get tired?/Ever feel a need
Look at verse 29b rest for your souls. He is not talking about physical rest, but He is talking about spiritual rest. Most people are weary in their spirits today. Henry David Thoreau said, Most men lead lives of quiet desperation. Many are troubled and agitated in their souls, and they try to find rest in all the wrong places. Some look to a mate/ a bottle or a pill/ friends/ pleasure/ entertainment/ a job/ money. People look everywhere and try everything in the effort to find rest for their souls. No thing and no one in this world can give you the peace and rest you seek.
While people run here and there trying to find peace, Jesus says, so simply and so calmly, “Come unto Me, and I will give you rest. There is a place of rest; a place of quietness; a place of peace and His name is Jesus. He invites you to come to Him to find the rest your soul seeks. People are looking, running, seeking, struggling, striving, fighting, loving, rushing, searching all in an effort to find what only Jesus Christ can give.
There is a place of rest for the weary soul and that place of rest is Jesus Christ. In these verses, through a series of commands, Jesus invites you and me to enter that place of spiritual rest. Let’s examine His invitation as I try to preach on the though There Is A Place Of Rest.
A. The Plea He Delivers That is
the essence of salvation. Salvation is coming to Jesus! It is not coming to a
church, a creed, a man, a denomination, an altar, a baptistery, a new way of
living, etc. Salvation is coming to Jesus,
B. The People He Describes He is referring to those He has been dealing with in this chapter. Some are struggling under the burden of doubt, v. 1-6, the yoke of religious legalism, v. 7-19, and the bondage of sin, v. 20-24. He wants them all to know that they can have rest!
1. You can see your
doubts put to rest
2. You can be free
from legalism and self-righteousness
3. You can be free
from the bondage of your sins Rom.
6:6-14 Jesus has the power to set you free! (
C. The Promise He Declares rest = quietness, calmness, peace, refreshment. All those who come to Jesus are given rest.
1. We are given peace with God -
II. v. 29a THE COMMAND TO SURRENDER
A. We Must Surrender To A Person Jesus
wants us to surrender to His control in our lives. He desires that we bow to
His authority. (
B. We Must Surrender To A Partnership
Jesus is saying, Get in the yoke with me. He is not calling us to walk alone;
He is calling us to walk with Him. He knows that we cannot live this live on
our own. He goes with us and enables us to live for Him as we yield to His
control in our lives, Gal. 2:20;
III. v. 29b-30 THE CHALLENGE TO SERVE
A. v. 29a Our
Pattern In Service Jesus tells us to look at His example. He is
gentle and humble, completely yielded to the Fathers will. Jesus was sent to
this world to serve,
B. v. 29b Our
Peace In Service When we trust Jesus by faith, we are given rest, v. 28. When we serve Him faithfully, we
find rest. There is a rest that gives us peace with God and peace of soul.
There is a rest that comes from serving Him. There is a joy, a fulfillment, a
happiness that can be found no where else in life. There is something special
about being in the center of His will for your life. If you want true
commitment, come to Jesus for salvation, yield to His will for your life and
serve Him faithfully. The fullness of peace and rest are found under the burden
of His yoke. (
C. v. 30 Our
Promise In Service The word easy means fits well. Ill Jesus was
a carpenter. He will design a yoke that will fit us perfectly. His burden is light.
As we put our shoulder to the path He has chosen for us, there will be burdens
along the way. But, we will find that His yoke brings peace, joy, satisfaction
and fulfillment and that every difficulty in life is turned to our good by His
grace, Rom. 8:28. As we walk with
Him, we are aware that our trials here will work for our glory there,