MATTHEW 11

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Matthew 11:1-15

AN INQUIRY FROM JOHN (THE BAPTIST)

 

John the Baptist was in prison.

 

A WORD OF CONCERN - Vss. 1-3

A WORD OF CHALLENGE - Vss. 4-6

A WORD OF COMMENDATION - Vss. 7-11

A WORD OF COMMENTARY - Vss. 12-15

A WORD OF CONDEMNATION - Vss. 16-20

 

 

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Matthew 11:16-27

EVALUATION

 

In this passage Jesus gives an evaluation of the Spiritual conditions of His day.  Things haven’t changed.

 

UNRESPONSIVE GENERATION – Vss. 16-19

Although they had the same message, Jesus and John had two different styles.  The people were unresponsive to both.

 

UNREPENTANT CITIES – Vss. 21 & 23

 

UNAVOIDABLE JUDGMENT – Vss. 22 & 24

 

UNBELIEVABLE REVELATION – Vss. 25-27

It is not the “wise and prudent” that respond to the Gospel, but “babes” whose eyes the Lord opens. 1 Corinthians 1:26-29

 

 

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Matthew 11:28

THE GREATEST INVITATION

 (A FUNERAL SERMON)

 

As we go through life, we receive many invitations.

Lately we have received invitations to graduation parties and weddings.

We also get invited out for dinner, to go to parties, and to attend sporting events.

We are used to getting invitations.

 

Today I would like to share with you the greatest invitation anyone has ever given. The Lord Jesus Christ gave it.

 

Matthew 11:28 - "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy ladden, and I will give you rest."

 

There are times in our lives, especially at a time of sorrow like this one, that we sense a need for rest. We feel like the whole world is caving in on us. We wonder where to turn. The Lord Jesus Christ invites us to turn to Him!

 

Jesus Christ, the Son of God says, "Come unto me!"

He says "I will give you rest!"

 

There are two types of rest needed that Christ will provide in this current situation:

 

REST FROM SIN

 

Each and every one of us has sinned.

Each and every one of us has failed almighty God.

Most of us are not bank robbers or murderers.

However, we have been unreasonably angry.

We have been disobedient.

We have had bad attitudes.

We have not done things we knew we should have done.

We have done things we knew we shouldn't have done.

We have thought things we should not have thought.

The Bible says "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23

The Bible says "There is none righteous, no, not one." Romans 3:10

The Bible says, "The soul that sinneth, it shall die." Ezekiel 18:4

 

There is guilt and punishment associated with sin.

We need someone to relieve the burden of sin.

 

On the cross Jesus made the way to relieve the guilt and burden of sin. 2 Corinthians 5:21

On the cross Jesus took the punishment for your sins and mine on his own shoulders. He died in our place!

But Jesus didn't stay dead. He arose from the dead.

Because He is alive, he still says, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy ladden, and I will give you rest."

 

So, how do we come to Him?

 

John 3:16 - We come to Christ by faith, trusting Him alone for forgiveness of our sin, believing that He took care of it on the cross. If you haven't found rest from sin, I invite you to put you faith in Christ.

 

"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy ladden, and I will give you rest."

 

REST FROM SORROW

 

There are many sorrows in this world.

We are experiencing just one of them right now.

However, the Lord Jesus says to us "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy ladden, and I will give you rest."

Bring you sorrow to the Lord Jesus.

First, find rest in Him from sin.

Then, find rest in Him for sorrow.

Come, and pour out your heart to Him and find His peace. John 14:27, Philippians 4:6-7, 1 Peter 5:7

 

"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy ladden, and I will give you rest."

REST FROM SIN

REST FROM SORROW

 

 

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Matthew 11:28-30 etc.

MORE THAN FRINGE

 

One of the key parts of any job are the “fringe benefits”.  These are the things that you get as compensation for you job that are not reflected in the base salary.  Fringe benefits would include hospitalization, housing allowance, a car, club memberships, and a host of other things.  These have been called “fringe benefits”, but today many of these benefits, such as hospitalization, are more than fringe, they are essential!

 

The benefits that come with being a Christian are “more than fringe”.

They are things which God blesses with besides forgiveness and eternal life.

Some of these more than fringe benefits include:

 

REST – Matthew 11:28

 

REASSURANCE – John 10:27-30

 

RESPONSIBILITY – Matthew 4:4, Luke 9:23-24, Romans 12:1-2

The responsibilities of being fishers of men and disciples are actually great privileges.

 

REFRESHMENT – Isaiah 44:3, Matthew 5:6

 

RESOURCES

·        God’s Spirit – John 14:16-18

·        God’s Guidance – Psalm 32:8

·        God’s Protection and Strength – Psalm 27:5-6, Isaiah 41:10, 40:31

 

 

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Matthew 11:28-30

FOR THE LABORER

 

COME! Vs. 28 - "unto me"

TAKE! Vs. 29 - "my yoke upon you"

LEARN! Vs. 29 - "of me"

FIND! Vs. 29 - "rest unto your souls"

 

 

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Matthew 11:28-30

THE MESSAGE OF THE CHURCH

 

There are many different "churches" today. Many of them are true representatives for the Lord Jesus Christ. Many are not. The true church is made up of all those who have been truly born again by the Spirit of God.  The local church should also be made up of true believers that try to get out the message of Christ to the community.

 

Different churches have different messages.  But the true churches are those who are giving out the message which God wants the world to hear.

 

We need to remember that God owns the church.  God the Son is the head of that church! Please see Matthew 16:18, Ephesians 1:22-23, Ephesians 5:23 and Colossians 1:18.

 

The church belongs to Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ is the head of the church.

Therefore, the message of the church should be the message of Christ.

The message that you and I as Christians have for the world is the message that Christ has for the world.

 

This message is expressed in many different passages. The most familiar passage is John 3:16.

 

Another passage that shows Christ's message (And, therefore, the church's message.) is Matthew 11:28-30.

 

HIS INVITATION

1. "COME UNTO ME."

2. "TAKE MY YOKE UPON YOU"

3. "LEARN OF ME"

 

HIS INVITED

Just who is Jesus inviting? Those who "labor and are heavy laden".

A verse which further elaborates on who these people is Luke 4:18.

"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,"

 

HIS INVOLVEMENT

"I will give you rest."

"Ye shall find rest unto your souls."

This is because His yoke is easy and His burden is light.

 

Let's make sure that our churches are giving out the message of the owner, the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

 

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