“Come to me . . .” (Matthew 11:28)
Never has there been a more comforting and encouraging call than the one set before us today. Where the Law said, “Go and do,” the Gospel says, “Come and receive!” The Law was not given to comfort, but to convict and condemn mankind of sin. The great Protestant reformer John Calvin said that the Law is “a kind of mirror” into which we look and discover the truth of our sinful condition, driving us to the safety of the Gospel where we hear our Lord Jesus say, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
The true beauty and comfort in our Lord’s call to “Come” is found in the continual nature of it. We are not just invited to “Come” on the day of our salvation, but we are called, moment by moment, all the days of our lives. From the instant our spiritual life began until that day when we cross the Jordan and are received into glory, the language of our Lord is “Come to me!”
Notice one of the deep truths contained in His call: Jesus is ever before you; He is ahead of you, leading you and calling you to “Come, follow me” wherever He leads.
Perhaps this message finds you in a season of storm winds blowing, or maybe you are off in some far country, having wandered away like a willful sheep straying from the Great Shepherd. Fear not, for His cry is still ever before you: “Come to me!”
And if you find yourself without the strength to answer that call, remember that the shepherd left the 99 sheep to go and find the one that was lost, and he carried it safely back to the herd. And when the day comes that you find yourself walking through the valley of the shadow of death, you will know there is nothing to fear, for the comfort of “come” will be calling you into your eternal rest.
There is one final comfort in the Lord’s invitation to “Come” for every believer, one that is a source of transcendent joy. Not only is “Come” the cry of our Lord to us, it is our cry to Him too. As we patiently wait for His Second Advent, when Jesus will return and consummate His kingdom on earth as it is in heaven, we know with each passing day that His glorious return is closer than it has ever been, and we cry out, “Come, Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:20). And until we hear those trumpets herald His return, our cry of “Come” is for a deeper and more abiding communion with the Comforter who sweetly, graciously invites us, “Come to me!”
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!