November 30, 2010

Come, Learn and Find – Ray Anderson

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:01 pm by sranderson0103

 

“Come unto me, all ye that labor 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.” (Matthew 11:28-30) This great invitation offered by Jesus contains three action elements that everyone who accepts his invitation must do. They must come, learn and find.

Come

To come to Jesus we must go from where we are to where he is. The first chapter of John provides a record of just such an action. “Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples; And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God! And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou? He saith unto them, Come and see.” (John 1:35-39) Later in that same chapter we read about Philip finding Nathanael and telling him about Jesus of Nazareth. Nathanael said, “Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth?” Philip replied, “Come and see.” (John 1:45-47) Individuals who realize that something is missing in their lives will do well to go to Jesus for he has the means to provide rest and a peaceful life.

Learn

To come to Jesus carries with it the obligation to learn of him. It is not sufficient to exclaim, “Jesus, I come to thee.” For today many will be drawn near to Jesus by hearing others speak of him or by watching the actions of Christians as they conduct their lives in keeping with his will. Curiosity is a good thing when it leads one to enquire about the teachings of Christ written in his last will and testament. Jesus said, “Murmur not among yourselves. No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.” (John 6:43-45)

For one to learn, there must of necessity also be a teacher. “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?” (Romans 10:13-14) We know that faith comes from hearing the word of God. (Romans 10:17) We must be careful, however, to ensure that the teacher is relying on the word of God. Paul warned the Ephesian elders, “For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.” (Acts 20:29-31) The Bereans searched the scriptures to determine whether the things they were being taught were true. (Acts 17:11)

We too must watch and “prove all things; hold fast to that which is good.” (2 Thessalonians 5:21) We would do well to heed the advice that Paul gave to Timothy. “But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God,

and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” (2 Timothy 3:14-17) Learning comes from teaching and it also comes from study as Paul also exhorted Timothy, “Study to show thyself approved unto God.” (2 Timothy 2:15)

Find

Jesus said that if you come and learn of him, you will find rest for your souls. Rest has always been found in following the things revealed to us by God and his son. Jeremiah reminded Israel, “Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.” (Jeremiah 6:16) Jesus never spoke anything that was not in keeping with God’s will and those things that had already been taught. Jesus said that the words he spoke were given to him by God. (John 12:49)

If we search all the scriptures to learn of Jesus, we have done a good and right thing. (John 5:39). David told Solomon to seek God with a willing heart and he would find him. (1 Chronicles 28:9). The Psalmist wrote, “Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.” (Psalms 119:2 ) “Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: and let such as love thy salvation say continually, Let God be magnified.” (Psalms 70:4) “O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people. Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works. Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD. Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore. Remember his marvelous works that he hath done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth; O ye seed of Abraham his servant, ye children of Jacob his chosen.” (Psalms 105:1-6)

If we seek, we shall find. (Matthew 7:7) And what shall we find? The scriptures tell us we will find rest for our souls and blessings in Christ Jesus. We will be glad and rejoice, and be willing to teach others of his wondrous and marvelous works. We will find salvation and a hope that looks forward to a heavenly home where there are no more troubles and sorrow. Come and learn! ——-Amen.

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