Jesus’ Invitation (11:25-30)

Jesus is the window to the father; his words, actions and life reveals the father to us. The true God of creation can only be known through Jesus of Nazareth and this knowing happens when people enter into a relationship with him in the same way he related with his father. As a son, know my father not from reading about him in books or from from what people say about him, I know him because I lived with him and dwelt in his presence. Because of this truth, Jesus offers an invitation, “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
The Pharisees had burdened people with the heavy weight of the Torah, Jesus invited them to a different kind of yoke; this yoke came from mercy and love and therefore was easy to bear. Jesus was offering and still offers what he had and has to all of us carrying heavy burdens of morality, physical ailments, emotional instability, marital conflicts, troubled children, financial difficulties etc to come. He invites us to come to him because he is meek and ‘lowly of heart’, which means he is not going to stand over us like a guard or like an angry figure of authority in our lives.
Jesus offers to us a welcome that comes from God, it is such a welcome that tears the curtain apart and reveals the Father to us and encourages us to come into his loving welcoming presence. There in his presence is the fullness of joy and the relief of our heavy burdens, there is where we find rest for our weary souls. Let us heed the call to come. Like Jesus our Lord, we also must represent God through Jesus in our lives and hence invite others to come and rest in his loving presence.

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