The Burden Bearer
All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him. Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Mathew 11:27-30
All Things Delivered Unto Christ
I. The important declaration here made.
1. All nations of the earth are delivered to Him.
2. All power in heaven and earth is given to Him.
3. All hearts are His.
4. The gifts and graces of the Spirit are His.
5. Principalities and powers are His.
II. The ground on which this declaration was made. His mediatorial character-“Wherefore God hath highly exalted Him,” etc.
III. To make a practical application of the subject. We may think that if all things are given to Christ, He does not need our puny efforts.
1. That the command of God on this point is imperative and binding upon every one who professes to know His name.
2. God works in and by the use of means.
3. A principle of gratitude will constrain the real Christian to engage, and that heartily, in this glorious work.
4. The Christian will not only be influenced by love to his Saviour, but also by a deep and tender compassion to the souls of his fellow creatures.
5. A dreadful curse is denounced against those who refuse to lend a helping hand to the cause of God.
6. There is encouragement to active exertion in that Christ has promised a reward to every effort made to promote His glory. (W. Bolland, M. A.)
A Striking Declaration
I. Of our Lord’s personal and mediatorial dignity. His personal dignity-the Son of God. All the fulness of the Godhead dwelt in Him. His mediatorial dignity as the Son of Man. All things are delivered unto Him.
II. Of the standing method of the divine dispensations. It is indispensable to the safety and happiness of man that he should become acquainted with God. God, abstractedly considered, is absolutely unintelligible and unapproachable to guilty man, except through a Mediator. Learn: the need of Divine teaching; the importance of humility; the encouragement to the humble seeker. (J. Hirst.)
Christ Officially Delegated
In times of distress, every man is at liberty to do his best for the public welfare; but the officer commissioned by his sovereign is armed with a supreme right to give counsel or to exercise command. Away there in Bengal, if there are any dying of famine, and I have rice, I may distribute it of my own will at my own charge. But the commissioner of the district has a special warranty which I do not possess; he has a function to discharge; it is his business, his vocation; he is authorized by the government, and responsible to the government to do it. So the Lord Jesus Christ has not only a deep compassion of heart for the necessities of men, but he has God’s authority to support Him. The Father delivered all things into His hands, and appointed Him to be a Saviour. (C. H. Spurgeon.)
I. The inconceivable dignity of His person-“no man knoweth the Son but the Father.”
1. Nor the wisest man in a state of nature.
2. Neither do His own people know Him in the sense of the text. How little is plain because their love is so faint.
3. The glorified saints and holy angels, who behold as much of His glory as creature can bear, do not know Him as He is. A vessel east into the sea can but receive according to its capacity.
4. This proves His Divinity.
II. His authority.
III. His office-“The Son will reveal Him.” (Bishop Newton.)
Christ-The Burden Bearer
Because all things were given to him by the Father-he takes His place as our burden bearer, Savior, Redeemer, and Great High Priest. With the authority given to Him by the Father, he opens His heart and arms-and says "Come" to all who would take refuge in Him.
Rest in Christ for the Heavy-laden
I. What it is. “Rest,” not rest in sin, not rest from trouble. It is rest from sin-its guilt, misery, power. It is rest in trouble.
II. Of whom is this blessing to be obtained. The conscious greatness these few simple words indicate.
Have you ever tried to comfort a troubled heart? Beyond your power. It is the prerogative of Him who made the soul to give it rest. There is more power in Him to comfort, than in the world to disquiet.
III. Who may obtain this rest from him-”All that labour.” These words express the inward condition of man. We do indeed toil. Some weary themselves to work iniquity. The world has worn some of you out.
The burden of affliction; guilt-our corruptions.
IV. How they who desire may obtain it-“Come.”
1. Literally, when lie was on earth.
2. Faith in operation. Hagar went to the well and drank, and was saved. Those who have found rest in Christ, remember where you found it. See on what easy terms we may find rest. Some know they are sinners, but are not weary of sin. (C. Bradley.)
Rest for the Weary
There are three sorts of trouble.
1. There is head-trouble-to do what is right.
2. There is heart-trouble. The interior grief.
3. There is soul-trouble. Christ gives rest from these. (W. G. Barrett.)
A special invitation
1. It is personal-“Come unto me.” God directs to Christ, not to His members.
2. It is present-“Come “ now, do not wait.
3. So sweet an invitation demands a spontaneous acceptance.
4. He puts the matter very exclusively. Do nothing else but come to Him.
Arguments which the Saviour used:-
1. Because He is the appointed mediator-“All things are delivered unto me of My Father.”
2. Moreover the Father has given all things into His hands in the sense of government.
3. Christ is a well-furnished mediator-“All things are delivered unto Me.” He has all the sinner wants.
4. Come to Christ because He is an inconceivably great mediator. No man knows His fulness but the Father.
5. Because He is an infinitely wise Saviour. He understands both persons on whose behalf He mediates.
6. He is an indispensable mediator-“Neither knoweth any man the Father save the Son.” (C. H. Spurgeon.)
Coming to Christ and believing, are in Scripture used to signify one and the same thing.
I. The first step in coming to Christ is by baptism.
II. The next step is by prayer.
III. A farther step is by repentance and confession of sin.
IV. We are said to come to God by hearing His Word, and receiving instruction from Him.
V. Also by receiving His Holy Supper: and-
VI. By putting our whole trust and affiance in Him, relying upon Him for salvation, and placing all our hopes and confidence in His merits and satisfaction. (Matthew Hole.)
Rest Under the Yoke
"Take my yoke upon you - Believe in me: receive me as your prophet, priest, and king. For I am meek and lowly in heart - Meek toward all men, lowly toward God: and ye shall find rest - Whoever therefore does not find rest of soul, is not meek and lowly. The fault is not in the yoke of Christ: but in thee, who hast not taken it upon thee. Nor is it possible for any one to be discontented, but through want of meekness or lowliness." John Wesley
"Strange paradox! that a man already weary and overloaded must take a new weight upon him, in order to be eased and find rest! But this advice is similar to that saying, Psa_55:22. Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he will sustain thee; i.e. trust thy soul and concerns to him, and he will carry both thyself and thy load.
I am meek and lowly in heart - Wherever pride and anger dwell, there is nothing but mental labor and agony; but, where the meekness and humility of Christ dwell, all is smooth, even, peaceable, and quiet; for the work of righteousness is peace, and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance for ever." Isa_32:17. Adam Clarke
Joh 6:37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
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The Lord Will Pour Out His Spirit
And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.
And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.
The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.
But this is that which was spoken by the
And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: