Come to Me and I Will Give You Rest (Matthew 11:25-30)

Last week, in possibly a bored moment, I was looking at the ABC News website online. And I found this article. It is written by a young lady named Caroline Zielinski:

About eight months ago, I did a very scary thing.

I quit my job to search for meaning — and it dramatically improved my heath.

It may sound like a story as old as (millennial) time: young person gets job, job is not as great as young person thought, young person keeps quitting and looking for other jobs to satisfy them.

But switching from one unfulfilling role to the next failed to shift the insomnia, the abject anxiety, the mindless, nervous scratching and my painful gut.

Friends couldn’t quite understand why I was so miserable and so sick: you have a good job, they’d say. It pays well. You can travel.

Logically, I agreed. So, I tried to tell myself that it wasn’t so bad, while every day wondering: “is this all there is?”

As it turns out, I wasn’t alone.

Experts are calling this feeling of meaninglessness a “modern malaise that if left unresolved, can lead to symptoms of anxiety, depression, hopelessness, or physical decline”.

I quit my job and discovered the secret to good health, Caroline Zielinski, ABC News 1 May 2019.

Burdens, insomnia, depression, hopelessness, physical decline, nervousness, anxiety, the pressure of paying bills. In today’s text, Jesus has a remarkable promise regarding our burdens. An absolute – if you think about it – almost unbelievable promise, that He will take our burdens and deal with them on our behalf.

That’s the promise we’re going to look at this morning, because if that promise is true, then you would be a fool to reject it.

  1. Who is this promise for? (v25)
  2. On what authority can Jesus give this promise? (v25-26)
  3. What is Jesus actually promising to do? (v27-30)

Sunday 5th May 2019

Published by Stephen McDonald

Christian, preacher, broadcaster

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