The lives of people are so complicated today that they defy any easy solution. The problems of men simply gnaw at their hearts until sudden sickness or even death overtakes them. Highly educated men too have not learnt to overcome these emotions and passions which run away with their better sense and ruin their families.
Has God got a solution for our problems or is He only a sentimental emblem, a picture to hang on your wall? The Living God has categorically told us: “Come unto Me and I will give you rest.” This is a promise to you and to me. Either this promise is true or it is one of the greatest falsehoods ever uttered. But let’s be careful now for He who uttered these words, the Lord Jesus, is the one in whom there is no shadow of turning. The Bible says of Jesus: “Who did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth” (1 Peter 2:22). So it’s He, the Saviour, the sinless One, who spoke these words of invitation and promise: “Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
Within my own personal knowledge, I have seen and met thousands and thousands of people who tasted these words of the Lord Jesus and found them true. They went to Jesus, when all seemed lost, when their little world was blown to bits, when they knew there was no hope for them, and they found Him to be true—He gave them rest.
Among this number of men and women, young and old, who had found peace, rest and forgiveness in Jesus, were men whom their loved ones had given up as incorrigible, irretrievably lost and even those who had been on the verge of suicide.
“Come unto Me, all ye that suffer under your heavy load of sin and guilt, and I will give you rest.” The call is to all who are sorrowful and shaken by repeated shocks, the nervously exhausted, the weak in body and mind, and the despairing. “Come unto Me.” The Saviour is calling you.
Once a college student wrote to me: “I have committed every conceivable sin. Is there hope for me?” He had indulged in sexual perversions which had left him weak and distraught. He seemed to despair that he was too far gone. I wrote: “Yes, there is hope for you, when you repent.” The Lord Jesus touched this boy and peace and forgiveness of sins was given him.
I begin to wonder if some people are really serious in undertaking pilgrimages of all sorts. Some go to Bethlehem for Christmas. A place, however sacred, cannot meet your deepest soul-needs. It’s “A Person” you need—the Saviour Jesus who beckons you, saying, “Come unto Me.”
People want a formula, a sentence or two of magical words which will do the trick and bring relief, or they ask for a charm, a relic or talisman, which they may wear round their arm or neck to give them a sense of security. They are prepared in their distress to make costly offerings, to win the favour of some mythical person or even some self-styled godman. They are even prepared to join a church, as they would a club, in the fond hope that they may solve their problems.
No, my friend, it’s to a person you must go; you must go to the Saviour who loves you and welcomes you, saying, “Come unto Me.”
Some time ago, I received a letter from a young man who wrote saying that he had divorced his wife and was looking round to find a suitable girl to marry. His marriage broke down completely. His wife seemed to have no room at all for Jesus. From the continual tension, both of them had suffered nervous breakdowns too. I wrote him: “No, God is able to bring your wife back to you. The Lord Jesus does not want any man to marry when his wife is still alive. It counts to adultery. Keep the door open for your wife to come back.” He paid heed to my words. He began to seek cleansing and deliverance from his sins and the powers of darkness and also to rebuild his broken home.
The Lord heard our prayer. This week it was such a joy to me to hear from that young man that he had married again the wife he had divorced, and that they were now living together. This family is living in the heart of Europe, where marriage bonds have become very weak and where the flesh seems to reign supreme. Now he wants me to go and preach in some of the towns in his area.
It’s the Lord Jesus who has built the home of these young people, who had become nervous wrecks by not making Jesus the centre of their home. The words of Jesus are not vain words. “Come unto Me, and I will give you rest.” How true are those words!
No one can give rest to a man deep in his soul—not even your father and mother. Only Jesus. He has the power to give you that deep settled rest as He has the power to forgive your sins.
Without your knowing it, there is a guilt complex in you. The unforgiven sins in your life set up a disturbance and restlessness in your subconscious mind. Guilt in the sub-conscious mind soon produces disease and such diseases overwhelm you as doctor and psychiatrist cannot help.
“Come unto Me, and I will give you rest” is no soothing formula, which just sounds refreshingly religious at a distance. You need this rest and I. In fact, life without this sweet rest and peace is not worth living—it’s a hollow, painful, boring existence. “I will give you rest” is a promise which does appear to be too good to be true but, notwithstanding, it is real. Millions have tasted this peace and rest which Jesus gives, and you too, my dear reader, must taste Him.
SI Moderator - Greg Gordon