Thursday, November 13, 2008

"Come to me"

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

Jesus gets personal with us. There is Jesus, there is you and me, and he is inviting us over to him. We need no mediator. He is the mediator. We come to him personally, directly, immediately, as we are. He says, "Come to me." We say, "Here I come."

He gives incentives. One, the "me" we come to is Jesus himself. Nothing to fear there. Two, he will give us rest. We don't earn it. He gives it. He promises to give it. And deeply, too, right down to our souls. Three, his heart is gentle and lowly. The more we experience him, the more we experience this. His heart is not touchy, not sullen, not resentful, not haughty. The Son of God came down as an egoless nobody to make friends with self-important people like us, and he has not changed. Four, his yoke is easy and his burden is light. Jesus is the easiest person in the universe to get along with. He does not impose burdens; he lifts them away. We are the difficult ones, the tense ones, the prickly ones, the hard-to-please ones, the nothing-is-ever-good-enough ones. But Jesus -- he just melts in your mouth.