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. Matthew 11:28-30
Christ is the source.
We see in this text that He is the source of rest.
We find He is the source of knowledge.
And He is the source of our strength.
When we were lost and burdened down with the load of guilt and shame He gave us rest for our souls.
Some people have never desired rest because they have never felt the weight or burden of sin.
I am reminded of an old anecdote;
“An open-air preacher was telling out the old, old story when a thoughtless youth rapped out, “You tell us about the burden of sin. I feel none.” Then he added flippantly, “How much does it weigh? Eighty pounds? Ten pounds?”
The preacher answered the fool according to his folly: “Tell me, if you laid a four hundred pound weight on the chest of a dead man, would he feel it?” “No, because he is dead,” answered the youth. The preacher responded, “And the man who feels no load of sin is DEAD spiritually.”
“Sin and despair, like the sea waves cold,
Threaten the soul with infinite loss;
Grace that is greater, yes, grace untold,
Points to the refuge, the mighty cross.”
He is rest for the convicted soul.
He is rest for the sin sick soul.
He is indeed a refuge for the lost soul.
But He is also rest for the Christian.
In a world that is constantly attacking, He is a source of rest.
We can run to Him when we feel there is no one who understands.
We can find rest for our souls in the most tumultuous situations.
He is our peace, our shelter in the time of storm.
He also invites us to learn of Him.
He is Wisdom personified.
In Him “are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”
Remember the Bible says: “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
He is our source of knowledge and wisdom.
He is our source of strength.
His yoke is easy because He is working in the believer.
His burden is light because we are in His yoke.
When we are weak, He is strong.
Being yoked to Christ is a delight.
There is nothing like being a Christian.
It is really hard to put into words.
I am so thankful for His peace, His joy, His love.
“…He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”
I can rest on that!
Interesting perspective, but this text simply does not say that Christ is THE source of rest. Still ess knowledge or strength.