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Pastor: Bro. Bobby Clark
Faith Baptist Church
92 Walker St. POB 462
Crossville, TN. 38557
Ph. 931 707-0799
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Salvation And Service
Just before Jesus gave this stirring invitation to salvation and service in Matthew 11:28-30, He also criticized some of the cities where He had done some great works. He pronounced woe, or judgment, upon the cities of Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum for if the works had been done in Tyre, Sidon and even Sodom which were done in you they would have repented in sackcloth and ashes long ago. I have a thought in passing; look at America and how it has been blessed by the Lord with preachers and the churches which we have and we are still far from God. Couldn’t a woe be placed upon us as well? I think so. But I want to look at these three verses this week and get our above thought. Jesus gives two invitations in these three verses; first He gives one to salvation and the other to service.
First I want to look at the invitation to salvation as Jesus said “Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden”. The call to salvation always comes before the call to service. A person can’t serve Christ until they first receive Him as Savior. O, they can work and labor and be zealous in the work of God, as some are today, but those works are of no value in the eyes of God until they get saved. I want to notice four things in this invitation. First, notice the Person offering salvation. Jesus said come unto me. He is the One offering salvation and He is the only One who is able to grant it because He is the source of salvation. He said over in John 10:9 “I am the door; by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved”. He is the door and there is no other. When Noah built the ark he built only one door and all that entered had to go through that door. Jesus said again in John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by me”. He is the only way of salvation for a lost world today. Then look at the problem for salvation. No, it’s no problem for Jesus to save the sinner for Paul said in First Timothy 1:15 “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of which I am chief” The problem is with mankind in general in that he needs salvation. Romans 5:12 says “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned”. All were born sinners and all must be saved. Notice the word in our verse “labor”. Many want to add works, traditions, rituals and other things for their salvation, in order to be saved. They are depending on what they do instead of what He has already done. The Pharisees cried out “Do’ and Jesus answered back “It’s done”. Then notice the word “laden” if you will. Picture a weight of sin upon an individual. Jesus says come and lay that weight upon me and be free from sin’s guilt and consequences. Sin destroys, disfigures and damns a person. Romans 6:23 says “For the wages of sin is death”. O dear sinner, unload the iniquity, unload the weight of sin at the feet of Him who went to Calvary in your place! Sin is a tough taskmaster as well as a heavy burden. Next, in this invitation to salvation look at the penitent. If one hears the invitation and comes to Jesus, it is an evident sign that they realize themselves to be a sinner. Romans 3:10 says “As it is written, there in none righteous, no not one”. And again Paul writes in Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God”. So according to this we can say all are sinners but Jesus said in Mark 2:17 “I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance”. He said again in Luke 19:10 “For the Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which is lost”. No one can save themselves and that is why they need to come to the Savior. Lastly in this invitation to salvation look at the promise in salvation. Jesus said, I will give you rest. Think of a man carrying a heavy load; with every step he is geting wearier and weaker. Then along comes someone to take the load from him. Do you not think the man would be foolish to refuse the offer? A man who refuses the Lord’s offer of salvation is foolish beyond compare. Don’t be that person. Jesus promises that if we come to Him He will supply the rest to us. There is a grace in the promise to be sure. Salvation is a gift. You can’t buy it; trade for it or work for it. Salvation is a gift from God. Ephesians 2:8-9 says “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast”. Thank God it is a free gift. Then there is a group for the promise; Jesus said all ye that labor and are heavy laden. Salvation is for all people. All who will come to Jesus, He will give you rest. Paul wrote in Romans 10:13 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”. But they who will not come will receive no rest but will receive wrath.
Lastly look at the invitation to service. Jesus said in verse 29 “Take my yoke upon you”. The yoke was used to harness two oxen together for pulling or plowing. By saying this Jesus said I am in the yoke with you. You don’t labor by yourself when you labor for Him. He said my yoke is easy. The yoke of the world is heavy and burdensome but my yoke is well suited and fitted for you. Then He said my burden is light. The burden of the world is heavy and overwhelming but Jesus’ burden is light and manageable. I firmly believe if a person responds to the invitation to salvation there will also be some kind of response to the invitation to service. I don’t believe God saves a person to warm a pew on Sunday morning but He will have a work suited for him.
Which invitation do you need to respond to today? Are you saved? If not you need to respond to this invitation. If you are saved them have you responded to the invitation to service? The day is breaking fast and we need to be busy in the Lord’s work.