“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
This is a free invitation to every weary and heavy laden sinner, made by Him who alone is able to take away the load and guilt of sin. Every person under the pressure of sin not only may — but must, come to Jesus, thus laden with a consciousness of guilt — if he hopes to succeed for pardon. While we endeavor to prepare our way by self-created claims — we rather fill it with stumbling-blocks, whereby our souls are hindered from attaining to the salvation of Christ.
Christ would have us to believe on Him who justifies the ungodly; He came as a Physician for the sick and does not expect that they should recover their health in the least degree before they come to Him. The cure is entirely His own; and thus He shows forth the exceeding riches of His grace, pardoning our sins and saving us freely (Ephesians 2:5, 9).
It is no affront to Christ, no contempt of the justice and holiness of God — to come to God while we are consciously unworthy of His favor. But rather, it is an affront to the saving grace, merit, and fullness of Jesus — if we endeavor to make ourselves righteous and holy before we receive Christ Himself, and all holiness and righteousness in Him by faith.
Reader, all you need is in Christ! Come to Him at His bidding; receive and enjoy repose.
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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