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February 19, 2017 - Relief for the Weary and Freedom from Our Burdens - Matthew 11:28

posted Feb 25, 2017, 9:21 AM by Grant Garber   [ updated Mar 31, 2017, 5:53 PM ]
  • One thing perfectly clear is that many people today live under tension and know trouble.
  • Jesus seems to be saying that He will give the weary relief and He will set us free from our burdens.
  1. We aren’t supposed to have it all the time.
    • Life is contrast and experiencing one continual mood would be monotonous.
    • Jesus says that we may come to Him for rest if we have been working hard and that we may find strength in Him if we have tolerated heavy burdens. His promise is rest after toil and peace out of struggle.
  2. Peace of mind is a by-product.
    • There are some things that aren’t suitable human goals, and peace of mind is one of them. If you want to be sure that you will never know it, then make finding it the purpose of your life.
  3. We only live fully when we are being used by a mighty purpose.
    • Life goes wrong when we trivialize what ought to be great, and we have a gift for making great things trivial.
    • As we come together to worship and serve in the name of Jesus, we see once again God’s plan for us and God’s call to greatness.
    • Life is an adventure when the purposes are big, and we find contentment in our souls only when we are involved in an important endeavor.
  4. The Gospel promises a new and lasting experience of peace.
    • The Gospel meets us with high demands for service and sacrifice. It focuses on the Cross of Christ and the cross we are to take up as we follow Him. To many people it doesn’t seem possible that such a focus could lead to relief, freedom and peace.
    • But as we begin here we come to the promise of help and of a power not our own. We are to extend ourselves in such a way that we can’t do it on our own, and we are to live by faith in God.
    • This peace which our Lord offers us is rooted in our faith in God. It is the confidence of people who are engaged in the great struggle for a better world and a redeemed humanity.
Pastor Jim Spon | Matthew 11:28