Come to Me, ALL of you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. – Jesus (Matthew 11:28)
This is one of the most powerful and reassuring statements ever said. No condition required, no sin too great, no burden too big. Jesus says His yoke is easy.
In 2006 Brian Welch, guitarist for the heavy metal band, Korn, and heavy drug addict, walked away from a $23 million contract in order to follow Jesus – all because of the promise of this verse. He now has “Matthew 11:28” tattooed on his neck.
“I didn’t know how to get sober. No one could help me. When I went to church that day I was high on meth. Then I ended up seeing if Jesus was real. I said, ‘Heal me, God. You said you would heal me if I seek you with all my heart.’ And he delivered me from everything. He instantly took the drugs away. There’s no man or program that could have cured me. Only God. God told me, ‘I don’t condemn you. I love you’.”
In April 2013, 246 Iranians crossed the border into a neighboring country so they could be baptized. It was the largest recorded baptism in the area since the fourth century. Living in a place where talking about Christianity can get you killed, one man spoke up, “I’ve heard about Jesus. I love him. I want to know about Christianity.”
Jesus said, “I am gentle. Come to Me.”
Jesus did not come for the perfect and self-righteous, but just the opposite.
He gave His life for the imperfect, the burdened, the lost, the poor, the lonely, the sick, the abused, the desperate, the humble, and all who seek Him.
Matthew 11:25-30 ~ For the weary and burdened