“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
The Lord Jesus Christ IS the gospel. The gospel is more than some thing, it is some One. Surrounded by a multitude of people who were buckling under the bondage of legalism and man-made rules and rituals in order to get right with God, Jesus proclaimed the gospel: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Like a refreshing breeze of cool air after a hot day, these words of Jesus gave a message of hope and life. Though the proclamation was given to all, the only ones who would have responded were those who were burdened and heavy laden with the guilt and condemnation of their sin.
The self-righteous religionists would not think that they needed to respond to the call of Jesus. The self-righteous moralists would not think that they needed to respond to the call of Jesus. The “God is dead” contingency would have shrugged off the call to come to Jesus, for after all, science and education held the answers to life. But the words of Jesus to come to Him for rest have echoed through the corridors of time to this very hour. For those who are weary, wounded and weak under the guilt and condemnation of sin, The Lord Jesus would say to you, “Come… and I will give you rest.”