|JESUS SAID COME UNTO ME|
Jesus Said COME UNTO ME, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
The Person who gives you this invitation is the greatest and best Friend that men ever had. He is the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God. He is the one and only mediator between God and men. He so loved the world that he undertook to pay our mighty debt to God, by dying for us on the cross of Calvary.
He is the One who is almighty. He is very God of very God. He has all power in heaven and earth - In Him all fulness dwells - He has the keys of death and hell - He is now the appointed Mediator between God and man: He will one day be the Judge and King of all the earth. When such an One as this speaks, you may safely trust Him.
Because of His love for you He invites you to COME TO HIM, and, He will give you rest. If you feel the heavy load of the guilt of your sins, Jesus says to you, COME UNTO ME. Notice that He does not tell you to WORK for Salvation. He does not tell you that you have to PAY for Salvation. He does not tell you to go to ANY OTHER PERSON for Salvation. His invitation to you is, COME UNTO ME. He further promises, Him that COMETH TO ME I will in no wise cast out.
THE PLACE CALLED CALVARY
And when they were come to the place which is called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. Then said Jesus, Father forgive them; for they know not what they do. And one of the malefactors said unto Jesus, Lord remember me when Thou comest into Thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with Me in Paradise.
Gathered around the cross of Calvary, at that moment, there stood Mary the mother of Jesus, John the beloved disciple, Mary Magdalene, and others. The dying thief did not pray to any of these persons. He prayed directly to Jesus, the one and only Mediator between God and men. HE CAME TO JESUS, and Jesus gave him rest, and all the blessings of Salvation.
A true Christian is a person who has come into living fellowship and communion with the Lord Jesus as a personal Saviour. He lives a life of faith and trust in Jesus, confidence in Jesus, leaning on Jesus, speaking to Jesus in prayer, working for Jesus, loving Jesus, and looking for the coming again of Jesus. St. Paul said, The life that I live, I live by the faith of the Son of God. Where there is true faith and trust, Jesus will be known as an actual living personal Friend.
THE REST JESUS GIVES
The rest that Christ gives is an inward and spiritual thing. It is a rest of heart, rest of conscience, rest of mind, rest of affection, rest of will. It is rest, from a comfortable sense of sins being all forgiven and guilt all put away. Rest such as this the Lord Jesus gives to those who come to Him, by showing them His own finished work on the cross, by clothing them in His own perfect righteousness, and washing them in His own precious blood. When a man begins to see that the Son of God actually died for his sins, his soul begins to taste something of inward quiet and peace.
There is only one royal road to rest of soul. Let that never be forgotten. There is only one way to the Father - Jesus Christ; one door into heaven - Jesus Christ; and one path to heart-peace - Jesus Christ.
Who, among all the readers of this paper, desires to be saved from their sin by Christ, and yet is not saved at present? Come, I beseech you: come to Christ without delay. Though you have been a great sinner, COME - Though you have long resisted warnings, counsels, sermons, COME - Though you have sinned against light and knowledge, COME - Though you have plunged into every excess of wickedness, and lived without a Sabbath and without prayer, yet COME - The door is not shut, the fountain is not yet closed. Jesus Christ invites you. It is enough that you feel labouring and heavy-laden, and desire to be saved. COME: COME TO CHRIST WITHOUT DELAY!
COME, AND BE SAVED
To be saved, is to be delivered in this present life from the power of sin, by receiving a new nature through the working of Christs Spirit. It is to be freed from the hateful dominion of sin, the world, and the devil, by having a new nature put in us by the Holy Ghost. Whosoever is thus renewed in the spirit of his mind, is a saved soul. He shall not perish. He shall enter into the glorious kingdom of God.
To be saved, is to be delivered in the day of Judgement, from all the awful consequences of sin. It is to be declared blameless, spotless, faultless, and complete in Christ, while others are found guilty, and condemned forever. It is to hear those comfortable words - Come, ye blessed! while others are hearing those fearful words - Depart, ye cursed!
COME NOW, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. And the Spirit and the bride say, COME. And let him that heareth say, COME. And let him that is athirst COME. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.