Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,

Ephesians 4:26 

I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

John 15:5 

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Psalm 23:5-6 

He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 4Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

Psalm 23:3-4 

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.

Psalm 23:1-2 

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 1:8-9 

Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever. 2As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people, from this time forth and forevermore.

Psalm 125:1-2 

Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips! 4Do not let my heart incline to any evil...

Psalm 141:3-4 

In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.

John 14:2-3 

Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.

Proverbs 19:11 

My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.

Proverbs 1:10 

From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him.

Isaiah 64:4 

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.

2 Corinthians 9:8 

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

James 1:12 

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Matthew 11:28-30 

Rest For Our Souls (Matthew 11:28-30)

| Aug 14, 2021

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Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. –Matthew 11:28-30

Who is inviting and who will come?
Invitations have a “from” and a “to.” The invitation in this week’s Fighter Verse passage comes from Jesus and is directed to those who will come to Him as children, those who have faith as a child, dependent and eager to learn. In Matthew 11:25-26, Jesus prays to His Father thanking Him for revealing His wisdom to little children.

Then, in verse 27, Jesus declares His authority to make this invitation: “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.” Here we get a glimpse into the holy and intimate relationship of the Father and the Son. The Bible gives us many references to the authority of Jesus. In John 10:30 we read, “I and the Father are one.” and again, in John 14:9-11, “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father….I am in the Father and the Father is in me…” and Colossians 1:19, “For in him [Christ] all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell.”

The Invitation
Jesus calls to you, “Come to me…” This is what qualifies this invitation. If we are hearing His call, we must know it is not a call to things such as material wealth, status, fame, or anything of this world. It is also not a call to keep the law of Moses or adhere to a church denomination. It is a very personal invitation to come to the One who knows all about you…and still invites you into His presence. And in coming to Him, what will you find? Rest. Rest in Jesus who has carried the burden of your sin at the cross. Rest for your soul through faith in Him.

This invitation is the most important one you will ever receive.

Pride vs. Teachable
Pride can and will cause us to decline Christ’s invitation. Pride blinds us to our sin and need for redemption. Pride makes us feel self-sufficient, powerful, in control. Oh, the drudgery of carrying such a burden. But Jesus sees our hearts and, if we will come to Him, He will reveal Himself to us. Come, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart and you will find rest for your souls.” This rest is by faith in Christ and bears the fruit of joyful obedience. When we take the yoke of Jesus, we become locked in step with Him, no longer slaves of sin, but now slaves of righteousness. And we will have rest from the burdens we have tried to carry because He has said “For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Oh, to be with Jesus, and live by His loving work in our souls; to take His yoke and learn from Him, to rest in His gentle companionship and reflect His lowly heart!


For Further Study:

  1. Have you heard this invitation from Jesus and resisted coming to Him? What do you think is keeping you from coming to Him?
  2. Is your soul restless? Are you carrying burdens you were not made to carry? What are they?
  3. How does Jesus fulfill your needs? What is “easy” about His yoke and “light” about His burden?


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Jesus, Our Rest (Matt 11:28-30)

| Aug 14, 2016

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Swept Off Our Feet to Come to Jesus

| Aug 17, 2011

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| Aug 15, 2011

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