Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.Matthew 11:28
Matthew begins chapter eleven with, “And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding his twelve disciples, he departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities.”
Imagine the people listening to the words of Jesus. All seeking a better way. The man searching for answers. A woman in need of hope. A child craving parental love. The outcast. The sick. The dying. The possessed. The physically and spiritually hungry. Lost souls longing for a way out of difficult circumstances.
In their midst was One Who cared enough to share the truth and supply their needs. Without hesitation, Jesus issued an invitation to the tired and weary.
“Come unto me, all ye that labour 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).
Rest begins when we repent of our sins and choose His will over self-will. Thankfully, it doesn’t stop there. Jesus is concerned about our day-to-day lives. He is amid our everyday troubles, inviting us to come, and answering when we call.
Today, people are still looking for a better way. Do you feel burned out? Disappointed? Distressed? Business concerns? Mounting debt? Oppressed? Depressed? Jesus’ invitation still stands. “Come unto Me.”
Charles Price Jones Sr. was born in Floyd County, near Rome, Georgia. He attended the Baptist College in Arkansas and pastored several Baptist churches. Later, he left the Baptist denomination and organized The Christ Temple Church of Christ (Holiness) in Los Angeles, California. He is the author of more than 1000 hymns. The following is still sung in congregations today.
It’s also one of my favorites. As you read the words, see if you can find a phrase that describes your need. And remember, there is nothing too great or small for our God.
1-Hear the blessed Savior calling the oppressed, “O ye heavy laden, come to Me and rest; Come no longer tarry, I your load will bear, Bring Me ev’ry burden, bring Me ev’ry care”.
Refrain-Come unto Me, I will give you rest; Take my yoke upon you, Hear Me and be blest; I am meek and lowly, Come and trust My might; Come, My yoke is easy, And My burden’s light.
2-Are you disappointed, wand’ring here and there, Dragging chains of doubt and loaded down with care? Do unholy feelings struggle in your breast? Bring your case to Jesus, He will give you rest.
3-Stumbling on the mountains dark with sin and shame, Stumbling tow’rd the pit of hell’s consuming flame, By the pow’r of sin deluded and oppressed? Hear the tender Shepherd, “Come to Me and rest’.
4-Have you by temptation often conquered been, Has a sense of weakness brought distress within? Christ will sanctify you, if you’ll claim His best, In the Holy Spirit He will give you rest.
There were several good videos for this song. But I wanted one that convinced me the singer KNEW what she was singing about. Not performing to a crowd but singing about a well-established truth in her life. Performance versus testimony. There’s a difference. Kinda like the woman at the well when she said, “Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ’’
Although she doesn’t sing all the verses, I believe I found the video I was looking for. This is the way my childhood church sang it during congregational singing. Enjoy!