Rest Is A Gift
Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
We who are saved find rest in Jesus. Those who are not saved will receive rest if they come to Him, for here He promises to “give” it. Nothing can be freer than a gift; let us gladly accept what He gladly gives. You can not buy it, nor borrow it; but accept it as a gift. You labor under the burden of ambition, covetousness, lust, or anxiety: He will set you free from this iron bondage, and give you rest. You are “laden” — yes, “heavy laden” with sin, fear, care, remorse, fear of death; but if you come to Him, He will unload you. He carried the crushing mass of our sin, that we might no longer have to carry it. He made Himself the great Burden-bearer, that every heavy laden one might cease from bowing down under the enormous pressure
Jesus gives rest. It is so. Will you believe it? Will you accept it? Will you do so at once? Come to Jesus, by quitting every other hope, by thinking of Him, believing God’s testimony about Him, and trusting everything with Him. If you thus come to Him, the rest which He will give you will be deep, safe, holy, and everlasting. He gives a rest which develops into heaven, and He gives it this day to all who come to Him.