Burdened? Come to Jesus

September 16, 2009 at 2:31 pm 2 comments

Burdened? I am. Burdened by sin – mine, yours, and the world’s. Burdened by how in the world things can be made right. Burdened by how the Kingdom of Heaven can become a reality on this broken planet through broken people.  Burdened by fears, broken relationships, hard labor in the Lord that never gets easier, things that need to get done but are left undone…  Burdens that all too many have experienced and are loaded down by…

To whom can we turn when we have such burdens? Often, we just want to sleep it out. Just trying to find rest by closing our eyes to everything. But the burden remains when you wake and are awakened to even more.

To this, Jesus issues a refreshing (and radical) invitation in today’s DT passage in Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest…” When you think about it, it’s crazy. Up to that point, Jesus had been teaching and ministering with burden after burden. And yet, He invites even more people with burdens to come to Him! He’s asking for more burdens upon His overburdened heart.  Such is the radical, crazy love of the One Whom we seek to be like as Christians…

But we want the easy life.  But Jesus invites us to this radical way, indeed, the Heavenly way: To take on additional burdens…to take on His burdens and be yoked with Him. And what is He carrying? It’s the weight of the world. He’s carrying my sins. He’s carrying your sins. And that, so we don’t have to carry it for ourselves. That’s the secret:  When the burden of our sin is lifted, we can carry other burdens…others’ burdens.

There is a song that brings tears to my eyes each time I hear it (and yes, even now as I’m typing and listening, my eyes are filled with tears). It’s titled, “Untitled Hymn (Come to Jesus)” by Chris Rice.  I found a youtube video so at least you can hear it for yourself while reading the lyrics below…and come to Jesus.

“Come To Jesus” by Chris Rice

Weak and wounded sinner
Lost and left to die
O raise your head for Love is passin’ by
Come to Jesus
Come to Jesus
Come to Jesus and live

Now your burden’s lifted
And carried far away
And precious blood has washed away the stain
So sing to Jesus
Sing to Jesus
Sing to Jesus and live

Like a newborn baby
Don’t be afraid to crawl
And remember when you walk sometimes we fall
So fall on Jesus
Fall on Jesus
Fall on Jesus and live

Sometimes the way is lonely
And steep and filled with pain
So if your sky is dark and pours the rain
Then cry to Jesus
Cry to Jesus
Cry to Jesus and live

O and when the love spills over
And music fills the night
And when you can’t contain your joy inside
Then dance for Jesus
Dance for Jesus
Dance for Jesus and live

And with your final heartbeat
Kiss the world good-bye
Then go in peace and laugh on glory’s side
And fly to Jesus
Fly to Jesus
Fly to Jesus and live
Fly to Jesus
Fly to Jesus
Fly to Jesus and live

Entry filed under: About Life, Devotionals, Leadership Lessons, Ministry Lessons, QT, song.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Susanna  |  September 16, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    I was most moved by the following stanza:

    Sometimes the way is lonely
    And steep and filled with pain
    So if your sky is dark and pours the rain
    Then cry to Jesus
    Cry to Jesus
    Cry to Jesus and live

    The way of the cross is often lonely and filled with pain, yet I am grateful that not only do I have Jesus to cry out to but I have my co-laborers in Christ whom I can turn to for prayers and to have a time of strengthening. Last night Alice, Hope, Megan, Karen, Cathy, Bo and I gathered to pray for various concerns that have been burdening our hearts.

  • 2. Gene  |  September 16, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    Thank you Pastor Jonathan for that sharing. It really opened my eyes to what I naturally and honestly do many times. In times when I feel burdened and stressed I tend to go on the internet or sleep or eat or anything else that makes me feel relaxed and relieved. I tend to forget that God is there to lift my burdens, and even worse, when I am aware of God’s provision, I choose to ignore Him. These are the things I need to repent and work on. Thanks for letting me know.


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