The Invitation

Text: Matthew 11:28-30

The Invitation is from Christ – What Did Matthew’s Audience Know About Christ?

  • The Son of God, God in the flesh, one who came to save man from sins (Matthew 1:20-23; 4:17)
  • He preached the gospel of the kingdom & healed the sick (Matthew 4:23)
  • He taught as one who had authority (Matthew 7:28-29)
  • He was the suffering servant of Isaiah 53 (Matthew 8:16-17)
  • He could calm storms (Matthew 8:24-27) and cast out demons (Matthew 8:28-32)

The Invitation is Not from Man

  • We must not preach ourselves, but Christ (2 Corinthians 4:5)
  • We are not trying to win disciples for us, though sadly some do (Acts 20:30)
  • We are not to rally behind a particular person or party (1 Corinthians 1:12-13)

Who the Invitation is To

  • To “all who are weary and heavy-laden” – extended to everyone
  • The gospel was to be preached throughout the world (Mark 16:15)
  • Focus is on those who are burdened with sin (Titus 3:3)
  • It is not about rest in this life, but the next life (Revelation 14:13)

What We Are Invited to Do

  • Come to Me” – we do not invite Jesus to come to us, we must come to Him on His terms
  • Take My yoke” – accept his guidance & direction; obey Him (Luke 6:46)
  • Learn from Me” – He teaches, but we must listen (Luke 8:8); be careful what you hear (1 John 4:1)

Why We Should Accept the Invitation

  • We will find rest – as long as we are faithful, the Lord will reward us (Titus 1:2); there remains a rest for His people (Hebrews 4:9), provided we do not fall short through disobedience (Hebrews 4:11)
  • Jesus is gentle & humble – He is concerned for our well-being first (Philippians 2:5-8); willingly laid down His life for us (John 10:17-18)
  • His yoke is easy & His burden is light – despite the requirements of obedience (1 John 5:3)

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