This week, starting today, I am going to focus on several “invitation” passages. Most of them include that wonderful and inviting word (imperative) of invitation – the word “come.” When God invites us to come to Him He must want us to have fellowship with him; He must want us to know Him, and Him us. But the word also means that He is summoning us to appear before Him. It is a request, an invitation, and a command, all together. Today’s Scripture is from Matthew 11:25-29, perhaps the quintessential invitation passage in the entire Bible!
25 At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; 26 yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. 27 All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. 28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 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. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”