The Great Invitation

The greatest invitation of all can be found in Matthew 11:28-30, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

First, this invitation is great because of those who offer the invitation. The invitation is offered by Christ (Matthew 11:28-30), the Holy Spirit (Revelation 22:17), the bride of Christ (the church – Revelation 22:17), and the individual Christian (Revelation 22:17).

Second, this invitation is great because of its very existence. The fact that Jesus extended the invitation at all indicates man can come to Christ, in spite of what modern day Calvinists teach. This invitation assures us we are capable of living the Christian life.

Third, this invitation is great because of the rest it has to offer. Those who respond to Christ’s invitation receive rest from the practice of sin (Romans 6:1-2), the pollution of sin (Romans 6:3), the prison of sin (Romans 6:6-7), the power of sin (Romans 6:12, 14), and the penalty of sin (Romans 6:23).

Fourth, this invitation is great because of to whom it is extended. Christ invites all those who are labour and are heavy laden. The benefits of Christ’s blood are not restricted to a select group of people. Christ’s death was a manifestation of God’s love for all the world (John 3:16). When Christ died, he died for all men (II Corinthians 5:14-15).

Fifth, this invitation is great because it demonstrates God’s willingness to save man. The theme of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, is the salvation of man.

 

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