Jesus says “Come to me” Part 1

25 Aug

Passion Flower: named after the passion of Christ

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

This is a command with a promise.  The command—come to me—means “come hither” or “come toward me.”   Jesus is always here.  We just need to come near to Him to receive the promise.  Whenever we see a promise we need to see who it is for.  In this case, we don’t need to do a lot of detective work because the promise is for “all those who are weary and burdened.”

The word weary—kopió—means to feel fatigue from hard work, to be worn out.  It’s the 57-year-old me who comes home from teaching 5th graders all day and collapses on the couch.  Or perhaps it’s the twenty-something you who is exhausted from taking care of the kids all day.  It is written in the present participle tense which indicates a continuous and repeated action.  So as we repeatedly labor and are weary, we need to repeatedly “come.”

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