A beautiful invitation from Jesus...

In Matthew’s gospel Jesus says, 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 ESV

 

These words of Jesus are familiar to most Christians. 


Our Anglican liturgies use these verses as part of the ‘comfortable words’ of Jesus to reassure us that even when we are carrying heavy burdens, Jesus lovingly invites us to come to him.  This is an invitation to trust Jesus personally, not just the facts about him.

 

Not only does Jesus invite us to come to him, He invites us to take his yoke upon us, to learn from him and as a result we will find rest for our souls.

 

Come to me... find rest for our souls.

 

Augustine of Hippo, who was bishop of Hippo from 396 to 430, one of the Latin Fathers of the Church and perhaps the most significant Christian thinker after the Apostle Paul wrote in his well-known Confessions, Great are you, O Lord, and exceedingly worthy of praise; your power is immense, and your wisdom beyond reckoning. And so we men, who are a due part of your creation, long to praise you – we also carry our mortality about with us, carry the evidence of our sin and with it the proof that you thwart the proud. You arouse us so that praising you may bring us joy, because you have made us and drawn us to yourself, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.

 

In the midst of these challenging days, I encourage you to find rest in Jesus.  He is sitting at the right hand of the Father in heaven.  He loves us so much that He gave his life for us on the cross and He beckons us to come to him!

 

May it be well with your soul.

 

Bishop Julian.