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Matthew 11:20-30
An Open Invitation
February 14, 2016
First Baptist Church
Jackson, Mississippi
USA
What’s the number one thing?
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1 Corinthians 10:31 NKJV
31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink,
or whatever you do, do all to the glory
of God.
February Memory Verse
I John 1:7 NKJV
7
But if we walk in the light, as He is
in the light, we have fellowship with
one an...
Grace Bible Study
begins Wednesday, February 3
10:00 a.m.-Noon
Christian Life Center
Dining Room
“Culture Shock” by Chip I...
Grace Bible Study
“Armor of God”
by Priscilla Shirer
Led by Millie Quarterman
And Beck’e Melton
Volunteers Needed
Little Feet Spring Sale
benefiting Mission First
February 26-27
A Great Outreach Opportunity!
State Street Wednesday
Adult Discipleship Classes
Wednesday Evenings
6:00-7:00 p.m.
4th Floor East Wing
The desire of the FBCJ Education
Department is:
Multiplication of Christ followers
who love God, love others and
obey His ...
Please Pray For
The Pastor Search Committee
Ross Aven Rodney DePriest
Laurel Ditto Susan Lindsay
Chris Maddux JoeYoung
Pau...
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Sunday
No Sunday School
Next Sunday
February 21, 2016
First Baptist Church
Jackson, Mississippi
USA
Matthew 13:1-13
Access Granted
February 28, 2016
First Baptist Church
Jackson, Mississippi
USA
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Matthew 11:20-30
An Open Invitation
Today
...
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Warren Wiersbe
(born May 16, 1929)
Radio Program: Back...
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Matthew 11:16-19 NKJV
16 “But to what shall I liken this
generation? It is like children sitting in
the marketplaces and c...
‘We played the flute for you,
And you did not dance;
We mourned to you,
And you did not lament.’
18 For John came neither ...
19The Son of Man came eating and
drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a
glutton and a winebibber, a friend of
tax collectors and...
These four verses compose one of the
Lord's parables that was loaded with
biting sarcasm and irony.
The Lord did not give ...
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This is a picture of a group o...
One group says, "Let's play funeral."
They play funeral for a while, soon tire of it
and then say, "Let's play wedding."
S...
They are spoiled children.
The generation Jesus was speaking to
was like that, and our generation is
also.
Whiners – “I wa...
Christ rebuked the people of that
generation for their childishness.
Nothing pleased them!
There is a difference between b...
Later in Matthew 11:25-26, Jesus says
that only the childlike can understand
HisWord.
The world today is like spoiled
chil...
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John and Jesus were opposites i...
For John came neither eating nor
drinking, and they say, He hath a
devil. [Matthew 11:18]
John was both austere and severe...
The Son of man came eating and drinking, and
they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a
winebibber, a friend of publicans an...
"Oh, He is gluttonous. He's too friendly
with sinners!"
They weren't pleased with Jesus.
There are some folk that you simp...
They don't like one preacher because
he just stands up there and in a
monotone gives his sermon.
Then the next preacher th...
Or one is too profound, and they don't
understand him, and the other is too
simple -- so they don't like him either.
There...
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Today’s Passage
Matthew 11:20-30
Matthew 11:20-21 NKJV
Woe to the Impenitent Cities
20Then He began to rebuke the cities
in which most of His mighty works
...
21 “Woe to you, Chorazin!Woe to you,
Bethsaida! For if the mighty works
which were done in you had been
done inTyre and Si...
(How unusual to find the word “Woe”
on the lips of Jesus!This is the first
time in Matthew we find Jesus
uttering words of...
The Greek word for woe is ouai; and ouai
expresses sorrowful pity at least as much
as it does anger.
Jesus had done many m...
This sorrow of Jesus is the sorrow of One
Who offered men the most precious thing
in the world and saw it disregarded.
Jes...
The greater a person’s privileges have
been, the greater is their
condemnation if they fail to shoulder
the responsibiliti...
These cities did not attack Jesus
Christ; they did not drive Him from
their gates; they did not seek to
crucify Him; they ...
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This was the sin of indifference.
And so we are face to face with one
great threatening truth — sometimes
it is a terrible sin to do nothing.
There are sins...
The sin of Chorazin, of Bethsaida, and
of Capernaum was the sin of doing
nothing.
Many a man's defense is: "But I never
di...
Matthew 11:22-24 NKJV
22 But I say to you, it will be more
tolerable forTyre and Sidon in the day
of judgment than for you.
23 And you, Capernaum, who are
exalted to Heaven, will bebrought
down to Hades; for if the mighty
works which were done in...
24 But I say to you that it shall be more
tolerable for the land of Sodom in the
day of judgment than for you.”
Matthew 11...
Capernaum had been especially blessed,
since this was Christ's "headquarters" for
the early part of His ministry (Matthew
...
There will be degrees of judgment
according to the amount of light a
person had.
It is a serious thing to know the truth
a...
It is J.Vernon Magee’s understanding
that there will be degrees of
punishment as well as degrees of
reward at the time of ...
He said: “I would much rather be a
Hottentot in the darkness of a jungle
without having heard the Gospel than
to be an off...
Matthew 11:25 NKJV
Jesus GivesTrue Rest
25 At that time Jesus answered and said, “I
thankYou, Father, Lord of Heaven and
E...
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…revealed them to little children.
This is a crucial moment in His ministry
because the rebellion against Jesus has
already set in and will culminate in open...
God bypassed the wise and prudent
scribes and Pharisees and chose the
simple but believing common people for
salvation (se...
Christ's invitation here is for all to come to
Him.
It is no longer a message limited to the
Jews, as it was in 10:5-6.
Ch...
There is a vast difference between the
spoiled children of the parable
(Matthew 11:16-19) and the
submissive children of t...
The Pharisees had laid many burdens
on the people (Matthew 23:4), and
their religion did not give rest and
peace.
No human...
Matthew 11:26-27 NKJV
26 Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in
Your sight. 27 All things have been
delivered to Me by ...
The Father reveals Himself to the Son,
and the Son, in turn, reveals Himself
and the Father to those who are
willing to co...
Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV
28 Come to Me, all you who labor and
are heavy laden, and I will give you
rest. 29Take My yoke upon ...
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30 For My yoke is easy and My...
This is a new message from Jesus as He
turns from the corporate nation to the
individual.
It is no longer the national ann...
Three commands summarize this
personal invitation:
“Come.”
“Take.”
“Learn.”
"Come."
The Pharisees all said "Do!" and tried to make
the people follow Moses and the burdensome
traditions.
Jesus said i...
True salvation is found only in a
Person, Jesus Christ, not by doing
something or by keeping a set of
rules.
To come to Hi...
This invitation is open to those who
are exhausted and burdened down.
That is exactly how the people felt
under the yoke o...
"Take."
This is a deeper experience.
When we come to Christ by faith, He gives us
rest.
When we take His yoke and learn, w...
The first is “peace with God" (Romans 5:1); the
second is "the peace of God" (Philippians 4:6-
8).
To "take a yoke" in tha...
"Learn."
The first two commands (Come and Take)
represent a crisis as we come and yield to
Christ, but this step (Learn) i...
Christ offers a yoke that is easy in
contrast to the grinding, binding yoke
of the law (Acts 15:10).
"I will give you rest...
Romans 5:10 NKJV
10 For if when we were enemies (of
God) we were reconciled to God
through the death of His Son,
(also Col...
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Romans 5:1 NKJV
1Therefore, having been j...
When Christ gives us rest, that brings
peace with God but when we find rest,
we learn of the peace of God that
comes with ...
Philippians 4:6-7 & 9 NKJV
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything
by prayer and supplication, with
thanksgiving, let ...
9The things which you learned and
received and heard and saw in me,
these do, and the God of peace will be
with you.
Phili...
With the peace of God to guard us
and the God of peace to guide us –
what could we possibly have to worry
about?
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Matthew 11:30 NKJV
30 ...
The word "easy" in Greek is chrestos
which means “well-fitting”.
Jesus has just the yoke that He tailor-
made for your lif...
There is a legend that Jesus made the
best ox-yokes in all Galilee, and that
from all over the country men came to
Him to ...
In those days, as now, shops had their
signs above the door; and it has been
suggested that the sign above the
door of the...
What He means is: "The life I give you
is not a burden to gall you; your task is
made to measure to fit you."
Whatever God...
Therefore, the burden of doing His
will is not a heavy one (1 John 5:3).
1 John 5:3 NKJV
3 For this is the love of God, th...
When He speaks of being "heavy laden," He is
referring to being burdened with sin. (see 1
Peter 2:24)
1 Peter 2:24 NIV
24 ...
To be yoked to Christ (I am crucified
with Christ – Galatians 2:20) is the
greatest blessing possible.
He will put you exa...
Jesus says, "My burden is light."
As a Rabbi said: "My burden has become my
song."
It is not that the burden is easy to ca...
When we remember the love of God,
when we know that our burden is to
love God and to love men, then the
burden becomes a s...
There is an old story which tells how a
man came upon a little boy carrying a
still smaller boy, who was lame, upon
his ba...
"That's no' a burden," came the
answer. "That's my wee brother."
The burden which is given in love and
carried in love bec...
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He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother!
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(born June 19, 193...
Matthew 11:28 NKJV
28 Come to Me, all you who labor and
are heavy laden, and I will give you
rest.
Matthew 11:28a “Come to Me”
Just as man's part in salvation is to
come humbly, it is also to come in
faith.
Although finite minds cannot fully
comprehend the truth; divine grace and
human faith are inseparable in salvation.
“For b...
God sovereignly provides salvation,
which includes the fact that man must
give himself to the Lord Jesus Christ in
commitm...
Romans 12:3 NKJV
3 For I say, through the grace given to
me, to everyone who is among you,
not to think of himself more hi...
Matthew 17:19-21 NKJV
19Then the disciples came to Jesus
privately and said, “Why could we not
cast it (the demon causing ...
20 So Jesus said to them, “Because of
your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to
you, if you have faith as a mustard
seed, you...
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21 However, this kind does not go out except by
...
To come is to believe to the point of
submitting to the lordship of Christ.
"I am the bread of life," Jesus
declared; "he ...
“Comes” and “believes” are parallel
just as are hunger and thirst.
Coming to Christ is believing in Him,
which results in ...
Other Biblical synonyms for believing
in Christ include:
1) confessing Him,
2) receiving Him,
3) eating and drinking Him, ...
REPENTANCE AND REST
“all who are weary and heavy-laden,
and I will give you rest.” Matt 11:28b
‘All who are’ indicates a c...
Those whom Jesus invites to Himself
are those who already are weary and
heavy-laden.
Although this aspect of Jesus'
invitation is mentioned after faith
("Come to Me"), chronologically it
precedes faith, refe...
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Kopiao (to grow weary, or "to labor")
carries the idea of workin...
Weary refers to arduous toil in seeking
to please God and know the way of
salvation.
Jesus calls to Himself everyone who i...
Jesus invites the person who is
wearied from his vain search for truth
through human wisdom, who is
exhausted from trying ...
Heavy-laden indicates that at some
time in the past a great load was
dumped on the wearied person.
Whereas weary refers to the internal
exhaustion caused by seeking divine
truth through human wisdom, heavy-
laden suggests...
In Jesus' day, the rabbinical teachings
had become so massive, demanding,
and all-encompassing that they
prescribed standa...
It was all but impossible even to learn all
the traditions, and was completely
impossible to keep them all.
Jesus spoke of...
At the Jerusalem Council, Peter noted
that the Judaizers were trying to
saddle Christianity with the same
man-made "yoke w...
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Jesus gives a call to repent, to turn...
The person who is weary and heavy-
laden despairs of his own ability to
please God.
He comes to the end of his own
resourc...
Desperation is a part of true salvation,
because a person does not come to Christ
as long as he has confidence in himself....
Repentance was the theme of John
the Baptist's preaching (Matthew 3:2)
and the starting point of the
preaching of Jesus (M...
The person who humbly receives
God's revelation of Himself and His
way of salvation, who turns from the
unbearable burden ...
Anapauo (to give ... rest) means to
refresh or revive, as from labor or a
long journey.
Jesus promises spiritual rest to
e...
God's rest is a common OldTestament theme.
The Lord warned Israel, "Do not harden your
hearts, as at Meribah, as in the da...
After quoting that passage, the writer of
Hebrews warns those who make a
pretense of faith in Christ but have not
really t...
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To intellectually acknowledge Christ's
deity and lordship is a dangerous
thing if it does not lead to true faith,
because ...
In the time of the early church many
Jews were attracted to the Gospel and
outwardly identified themselves with
the church.
But for fear of being unsynagogued,
ostracized from the worship and
ceremonies of Judaism, some of them did
not truly rece...
"As a result" of such superficial
allegiance, John says, "many of His
disciples withdrew, and were not
walking with Him an...
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Consequently, they would not enter...
Just as those Israelites who rebelled
against Moses in the wilderness were
denied entrance into the Promised
Land because ...
"Therefore, let us fear lest, while a
promise remains of entering His rest, any
one of you should seem to have come
short ...
For we who have believed enter that
rest, just as He has said, 'As I swore in
My wrath, they shall not enter My
rest'" (He...
The dictionary gives several definitions of
rest that remarkably parallel the spiritual
rest God offers those who trust in...
In a similar way, to enter God's rest is
to cease from all efforts at self-help in
trying to earn salvation.
Second, rest ...
Again we see the spiritual parallel of
God's giving His children freedom
from the cares and burdens that rob
them of peace...
Third, the dictionary defines rest as
something that is fixed and settled.
Similarly, to be in God's rest is to have
the w...
It is to be freed from the uncertainties
of running: from philosophy to
philosophy, from religion to religion,
from guru t...
Fourth, rest is defined as being confident
and trustful.
When we enter God's rest we are given the
assurance that "HeWho b...
Finally, the dictionary describes rest as
leaning, reposing, or depending on.
As children of God, we can depend with
utter...
SUBMISSION
Matthew 11:29-30
29Take My yoke upon you, and learn
from Me, for I am gentle and humble
in heart; and you shall...
Salvation involves submission, because it
is impossible for Christ to exercise lordship
over those who refuse to obey Him....
A yoke was made of wood, hand-hewn to
fit the neck and shoulders of the particular
animal that was to wear it in order to
...
The yoke was part of the harness used
to pull a cart, plow, or mill beam and
was the means by which the animal's
master ke...
A student was often spoken of as
being under the yoke of his teacher,
and an ancient Jewish writing
contains the advice: "...
That is the particular meaning Jesus
seems to have had in mind here, because
He adds, and learn from Me.
Manthano (to lear...
They submit to Christ's lordship for many
reasons, among the most important of
which is to be taught by Him through His
Wo...
The power of salvation is entirely of grace
and nothing of works.
An unbeliever has neither the
understanding nor the abil...
But although good works do not produce
salvation, salvation does produce good
works.
Believers are, in fact, "created in C...
Because Jesus is gentle and humble in
heart, He gives rest, not weariness, to
the souls of those who submit to Him
and do ...
His burden is not like that of Pharaoh,
who bitterly oppressed the children of
Israel, or like that of the scribes and
Pha...
His yoke is easy, and His load is light.
(Matthew 11:29-30)
Christ will never oppress us or give us
a burden too heavy to ...
His yoke has nothing to do with the
demands of works or law, much less
those of human tradition.
The Christian's work of o...
"For," as John explains, "this is the
love of God, that we keep His
commandments; and His
commandments are not burdensome"...
Submission to Jesus Christ brings the
greatest liberation a person can
experience — actually the only true
liberation he c...
The Plan of Hope & Salvation
John 3:16 NKJV
16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only
begotten Son, that whoeve...
Romans 3:23 NKJV
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Romans 6:23a NKJV
23a For the wages of sin is ...
Revelation 21:8 NKJV
8 “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable,
murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and
...
Romans 5:8 NKJV
8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in
that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Re...
Romans 10:9-10 NKJV
9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus
and believe in your heart that God has raised Him...
If you have questions or would like to know more,
Please, contact First Baptist Church Jackson at
601-949-1900 or http://f...
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  1. 1. Matthew 11:20-30 An Open Invitation February 14, 2016 First Baptist Church Jackson, Mississippi USA
  2. 2. What’s the number one thing?
  3. 3. http://heritagegrace.com/monkimage.php?mediaDirectory=mediafiles&mediaId=1697047&fileName=postimage08162012contradicting-the-glory-of-god-770-0-0-0.jpg The glory of God!
  4. 4. 1 Corinthians 10:31 NKJV 31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
  5. 5. February Memory Verse I John 1:7 NKJV 7 But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.
  6. 6. Grace Bible Study begins Wednesday, February 3 10:00 a.m.-Noon Christian Life Center Dining Room “Culture Shock” by Chip Ingram
  7. 7. Grace Bible Study “Armor of God” by Priscilla Shirer Led by Millie Quarterman And Beck’e Melton
  8. 8. Volunteers Needed Little Feet Spring Sale benefiting Mission First February 26-27 A Great Outreach Opportunity!
  9. 9. State Street Wednesday Adult Discipleship Classes Wednesday Evenings 6:00-7:00 p.m. 4th Floor East Wing
  10. 10. The desire of the FBCJ Education Department is: Multiplication of Christ followers who love God, love others and obey His Word in Disciple Making.
  11. 11. Please Pray For The Pastor Search Committee Ross Aven Rodney DePriest Laurel Ditto Susan Lindsay Chris Maddux JoeYoung Paul Moak, Jr. (Chairman)
  12. 12. http://tse2.mm.bing.net/th?id=JN.YeZK4m9R0ZovA7PRca4vag&pid=15.1 Sunday
  13. 13. No Sunday School Next Sunday February 21, 2016 First Baptist Church Jackson, Mississippi USA
  14. 14. Matthew 13:1-13 Access Granted February 28, 2016 First Baptist Church Jackson, Mississippi USA
  15. 15. http://answers-to-prayer.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/sermon-on-the-mount.jpg Matthew 11:20-30 An Open Invitation Today February 14, 2016
  16. 16. http://onedesertrose.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/wiersbe_warren.jpg Warren Wiersbe (born May 16, 1929) Radio Program: Back to the Bible
  17. 17. http://a5.mzstatic.com/us/r30/Podcasts6/v4/32/5f/79/325f79f3-a0f1-02e5-5382-d8d519585dbe/mza_8884854500008393311.255x255-75.jpg J.Vernon McGee's ThruThe Bible
  18. 18. Matthew 11:16-19 NKJV 16 “But to what shall I liken this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their companions, 17 and saying:
  19. 19. ‘We played the flute for you, And you did not dance; We mourned to you, And you did not lament.’ 18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’
  20. 20. 19The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ But wisdom is justified by her children.” Matthew 11:16-19 NKJV
  21. 21. These four verses compose one of the Lord's parables that was loaded with biting sarcasm and irony. The Lord did not give this story to hurt or to harm but to illustrate a great truth.
  22. 22. https://francisxaviersamsen.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/stdas0688-bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb.jpg This is a picture of a group of children out playing in the streets.
  23. 23. One group says, "Let's play funeral." They play funeral for a while, soon tire of it and then say, "Let's play wedding." Soon they grow tired of playing wedding and they go from one extreme to another.
  24. 24. They are spoiled children. The generation Jesus was speaking to was like that, and our generation is also. Whiners – “I want my Mommy!”
  25. 25. Christ rebuked the people of that generation for their childishness. Nothing pleased them! There is a difference between being childish and childlike.
  26. 26. Later in Matthew 11:25-26, Jesus says that only the childlike can understand HisWord. The world today is like spoiled children who demand entertainment and something new all the time.
  27. 27. http://www.ramblingrev.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/saint-john-the-baptist-and-jesus.jpg John and Jesus were opposites in their lives and ministries, yet neither one could satisfy the childish crowd.
  28. 28. For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil. [Matthew 11:18] John was both austere and severe and they didn't feel comfortable with him.
  29. 29. The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children. [Matthew 11:19] Jesus was friendly. What about Him?
  30. 30. "Oh, He is gluttonous. He's too friendly with sinners!" They weren't pleased with Jesus. There are some folk that you simply cannot please and you are better off not trying to please everyone.
  31. 31. They don't like one preacher because he just stands up there and in a monotone gives his sermon. Then the next preacher they don't like because he is very demonstrative and pounds the pulpit.
  32. 32. Or one is too profound, and they don't understand him, and the other is too simple -- so they don't like him either. There are a lot of people whom no one can please, and that was certainly true in our Lord's day.
  33. 33. https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/69/71/d8/6971d89c00f384a79f73f97288979630.jpg
  34. 34. Today’s Passage Matthew 11:20-30
  35. 35. Matthew 11:20-21 NKJV Woe to the Impenitent Cities 20Then He began to rebuke the cities in which most of His mighty works had been done, because they did not repent:
  36. 36. 21 “Woe to you, Chorazin!Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done inTyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. Matthew 11:20-21 NKJV
  37. 37. (How unusual to find the word “Woe” on the lips of Jesus!This is the first time in Matthew we find Jesus uttering words of condemnation.The word woe means judgment, but it also includes pity and sorrow.)
  38. 38. The Greek word for woe is ouai; and ouai expresses sorrowful pity at least as much as it does anger. Jesus had done many mighty works, and His disciples had performed miracles too, yet the cities rejected Him.
  39. 39. This sorrow of Jesus is the sorrow of One Who offered men the most precious thing in the world and saw it disregarded. Jesus’ condemnation of sin is holy anger, but the anger comes, not from outraged pride, but from a broken heart.
  40. 40. The greater a person’s privileges have been, the greater is their condemnation if they fail to shoulder the responsibilities and accept the obligations which these privileges bring with them.
  41. 41. These cities did not attack Jesus Christ; they did not drive Him from their gates; they did not seek to crucify Him; they simply disregarded Him.
  42. 42. https://findanswers4life.files.wordpress.com/2015/08/whatever.jpg This was the sin of indifference.
  43. 43. And so we are face to face with one great threatening truth — sometimes it is a terrible sin to do nothing. There are sins of action, sins of deed; but there is also a sin of inaction, and of absence of deeds.
  44. 44. The sin of Chorazin, of Bethsaida, and of Capernaum was the sin of doing nothing. Many a man's defense is: "But I never did anything" and that defense may be in fact his condemnation.
  45. 45. Matthew 11:22-24 NKJV 22 But I say to you, it will be more tolerable forTyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you.
  46. 46. 23 And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to Heaven, will bebrought down to Hades; for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.
  47. 47. 24 But I say to you that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for you.” Matthew 11:22-24 NKJV
  48. 48. Capernaum had been especially blessed, since this was Christ's "headquarters" for the early part of His ministry (Matthew 8:5-17; 9:1 ). Where the light shines the brightest, people have the greatest responsibility.
  49. 49. There will be degrees of judgment according to the amount of light a person had. It is a serious thing to know the truth and turn from it!
  50. 50. It is J.Vernon Magee’s understanding that there will be degrees of punishment as well as degrees of reward at the time of God's judgment, according to the amount of light a person had.
  51. 51. He said: “I would much rather be a Hottentot in the darkness of a jungle without having heard the Gospel than to be an officer in one of our modern churches, having a Bible but never truly having accepted Christ as Savior.”
  52. 52. Matthew 11:25 NKJV Jesus GivesTrue Rest 25 At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thankYou, Father, Lord of Heaven and Earth, thatYou have hidden these things from the wise and prudent (leaders) and have revealed them to babes (common people).
  53. 53. http://christianchildrensauthors.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/godslove1-300x237.jpg …revealed them to little children.
  54. 54. This is a crucial moment in His ministry because the rebellion against Jesus has already set in and will culminate in open rejection. Christ turns to His Father and gives thanks and what an example for us when we come to times of difficulty.
  55. 55. God bypassed the wise and prudent scribes and Pharisees and chose the simple but believing common people for salvation (see 1 Corinthians 1). We cannot explain the mystery of the Father's will, but we can adore and obey Him.
  56. 56. Christ's invitation here is for all to come to Him. It is no longer a message limited to the Jews, as it was in 10:5-6. Christ now opens the door to all who will come and believe and take His yoke.
  57. 57. There is a vast difference between the spoiled children of the parable (Matthew 11:16-19) and the submissive children of this statement of praise.
  58. 58. The Pharisees had laid many burdens on the people (Matthew 23:4), and their religion did not give rest and peace. No human religion can give peace to the heart.
  59. 59. Matthew 11:26-27 NKJV 26 Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight. 27 All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.
  60. 60. The Father reveals Himself to the Son, and the Son, in turn, reveals Himself and the Father to those who are willing to come to the Son in faith.
  61. 61. Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV 28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
  62. 62. https://crazybread.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/rest__matthew_11_28_by_symplearts-d6azid1.jpg 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV
  63. 63. This is a new message from Jesus as He turns from the corporate nation to the individual. It is no longer the national announcement about a kingdom but a personal invitation to find the "rest" of salvation.
  64. 64. Three commands summarize this personal invitation: “Come.” “Take.” “Learn.”
  65. 65. "Come." The Pharisees all said "Do!" and tried to make the people follow Moses and the burdensome traditions. Jesus said in Matthew 23:4a 4a "For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders;
  66. 66. True salvation is found only in a Person, Jesus Christ, not by doing something or by keeping a set of rules. To come to Him means to trust Him – faith in Christ alone.
  67. 67. This invitation is open to those who are exhausted and burdened down. That is exactly how the people felt under the yoke of pharisaical legalism (Matthew 23:4; Acts 15:10).
  68. 68. "Take." This is a deeper experience. When we come to Christ by faith, He gives us rest. When we take His yoke and learn, we find rest that deeper rest of surrender and obedience.
  69. 69. The first is “peace with God" (Romans 5:1); the second is "the peace of God" (Philippians 4:6- 8). To "take a yoke" in that day meant to become a disciple. When we submit to Christ, we are yoked to Him.
  70. 70. "Learn." The first two commands (Come and Take) represent a crisis as we come and yield to Christ, but this step (Learn) is a process in which we learn more about Him and we find a deeper peace since we trust Him more.
  71. 71. Christ offers a yoke that is easy in contrast to the grinding, binding yoke of the law (Acts 15:10). "I will give you rest" is literally "I will rest you" and this is the peace with God that comes with salvation.
  72. 72. Romans 5:10 NKJV 10 For if when we were enemies (of God) we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, (also Colossians 1:19-21)
  73. 73. http://www.waterford-assembly.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Peace-with-God.jpeg Romans 5:1 NKJV 1Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
  74. 74. When Christ gives us rest, that brings peace with God but when we find rest, we learn of the peace of God that comes with surrender (see Philippians 4:6-9).
  75. 75. Philippians 4:6-7 & 9 NKJV 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
  76. 76. 9The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:6-7 & 9 NKJV
  77. 77. With the peace of God to guard us and the God of peace to guide us – what could we possibly have to worry about?
  78. 78. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-lxENhK70vI0/U9pCVd0okjI/AAAAAAAAN1A/3Nxqg43pRs0/s1600/My-yoke-is-easy.jpg Matthew 11:30 NKJV 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
  79. 79. The word "easy" in Greek is chrestos which means “well-fitting”. Jesus has just the yoke that He tailor- made for your life and for your needs.
  80. 80. There is a legend that Jesus made the best ox-yokes in all Galilee, and that from all over the country men came to Him to buy the best yokes that skill could make.
  81. 81. In those days, as now, shops had their signs above the door; and it has been suggested that the sign above the door of the carpenter's shop in Nazareth may well have been: "My yokes fit well."
  82. 82. What He means is: "The life I give you is not a burden to gall you; your task is made to measure to fit you." Whatever God sends us is made to fit our needs and our abilities exactly.
  83. 83. Therefore, the burden of doing His will is not a heavy one (1 John 5:3). 1 John 5:3 NKJV 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.
  84. 84. When He speaks of being "heavy laden," He is referring to being burdened with sin. (see 1 Peter 2:24) 1 Peter 2:24 NIV 24 Jesus Himself bore (the burden of) our sins in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by His wounds you have been healed.”
  85. 85. To be yoked to Christ (I am crucified with Christ – Galatians 2:20) is the greatest blessing possible. He will put you exactly where He wants you when you are yoked up to Him.
  86. 86. Jesus says, "My burden is light." As a Rabbi said: "My burden has become my song." It is not that the burden is easy to carry; but it is laid on us in love; it is meant to be carried in love; and love makes even the heaviest burden light.
  87. 87. When we remember the love of God, when we know that our burden is to love God and to love men, then the burden becomes a song.
  88. 88. There is an old story which tells how a man came upon a little boy carrying a still smaller boy, who was lame, upon his back. "That's a heavy burden for you to carry," said the man.
  89. 89. "That's no' a burden," came the answer. "That's my wee brother." The burden which is given in love and carried in love becomes light.
  90. 90. http://www.moodyscollectibles.com/pixfiles11/11436.jpg He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother!
  91. 91. http://ts3.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4529821671755722&w=282&h=366&c=7&rs=1&qlt=80&pid=1.7 John MacArthur, Jr. (born June 19, 1939) Radio program: Grace toYou
  92. 92. Matthew 11:28 NKJV 28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
  93. 93. Matthew 11:28a “Come to Me” Just as man's part in salvation is to come humbly, it is also to come in faith.
  94. 94. Although finite minds cannot fully comprehend the truth; divine grace and human faith are inseparable in salvation. “For by grace are you saved through faith” (Ephesians 2:8)
  95. 95. God sovereignly provides salvation, which includes the fact that man must give himself to the Lord Jesus Christ in commitment before it becomes effective.
  96. 96. Romans 12:3 NKJV 3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.
  97. 97. Matthew 17:19-21 NKJV 19Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it (the demon causing epilepsy) out?”
  98. 98. 20 So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.
  99. 99. http://www.tejadohanchell.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/mustard-seed.jpg 21 However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” Matthew 17:19-21 NKJV
  100. 100. To come is to believe to the point of submitting to the lordship of Christ. "I am the bread of life," Jesus declared; "he who comes to Me shall not hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst" (John 6:35).
  101. 101. “Comes” and “believes” are parallel just as are hunger and thirst. Coming to Christ is believing in Him, which results in no longer hungering and thirsting.
  102. 102. Other Biblical synonyms for believing in Christ include: 1) confessing Him, 2) receiving Him, 3) eating and drinking Him, and 4) hearing Him.
  103. 103. REPENTANCE AND REST “all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” Matt 11:28b ‘All who are’ indicates a condition that already exists.
  104. 104. Those whom Jesus invites to Himself are those who already are weary and heavy-laden.
  105. 105. Although this aspect of Jesus' invitation is mentioned after faith ("Come to Me"), chronologically it precedes faith, referring to the repentance that drives the humble, seeking person to Christ for salvation.
  106. 106. https://kahlich.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/exhausted.jpg Kopiao (to grow weary, or "to labor") carries the idea of working to the point of utter exhaustion.
  107. 107. Weary refers to arduous toil in seeking to please God and know the way of salvation. Jesus calls to Himself everyone who is exhausted from trying to find and please God in his own resources.
  108. 108. Jesus invites the person who is wearied from his vain search for truth through human wisdom, who is exhausted from trying to earn salvation, and who has despaired of achieving God's standard of righteousness by his own efforts.
  109. 109. Heavy-laden indicates that at some time in the past a great load was dumped on the wearied person.
  110. 110. Whereas weary refers to the internal exhaustion caused by seeking divine truth through human wisdom, heavy- laden suggests the external burdens caused by the futile self-efforts of works to achieve righteousness.
  111. 111. In Jesus' day, the rabbinical teachings had become so massive, demanding, and all-encompassing that they prescribed standards and formulas for virtually every human activity.
  112. 112. It was all but impossible even to learn all the traditions, and was completely impossible to keep them all. Jesus spoke of the heavy loads of religious tradition that the scribes and Pharisees laid on the people's shoulders (Matthew 23:4).
  113. 113. At the Jerusalem Council, Peter noted that the Judaizers were trying to saddle Christianity with the same man-made "yoke which neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear" (Acts 15:10).
  114. 114. http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/f4/eb/4a/f4eb4a83de7b7de1e1f99cc37a0cec3b.jpg Jesus gives a call to repent, to turn away from the self-centered and works-centered life and come to Him.
  115. 115. The person who is weary and heavy- laden despairs of his own ability to please God. He comes to the end of his own resources and turns to Christ.
  116. 116. Desperation is a part of true salvation, because a person does not come to Christ as long as he has confidence in himself. To repent is to make a 180-degree turn from the burden of the old life to the restfulness of the new.
  117. 117. Repentance was the theme of John the Baptist's preaching (Matthew 3:2) and the starting point of the preaching of Jesus (Matthew 4:17), Peter (Acts 2:38; 3:19; 5:31), and Paul (Acts 17:30; 20:21; 2Tim 2:25).
  118. 118. The person who humbly receives God's revelation of Himself and His way of salvation, who turns from the unbearable burden of his sin and self- effort, and who comes to Christ empty-handed is the only person God will save.
  119. 119. Anapauo (to give ... rest) means to refresh or revive, as from labor or a long journey. Jesus promises spiritual rest to everyone who comes to Him in repentance and humble faith.
  120. 120. God's rest is a common OldTestament theme. The Lord warned Israel, "Do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah, as in the day of Massah in the wilderness; when your fathers tested Me, they tried Me, though they had seen My work ....Therefore I swore in My anger, truly they shall not enter into My rest" (Psalm 95:7-9,11).
  121. 121. After quoting that passage, the writer of Hebrews warns those who make a pretense of faith in Christ but have not really trusted Him: "Take care, brethren, lest there should be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart, in falling away from the living God" (Hebrews 3:12).
  122. 122. http://healthimpactnews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2011/06/Heart-Of-Stone.jpg
  123. 123. To intellectually acknowledge Christ's deity and lordship is a dangerous thing if it does not lead to true faith, because it gives a person the false confidence of belonging to Christ.
  124. 124. In the time of the early church many Jews were attracted to the Gospel and outwardly identified themselves with the church.
  125. 125. But for fear of being unsynagogued, ostracized from the worship and ceremonies of Judaism, some of them did not truly receive Christ as saving Lord. They went part way to Him but stopped before full commitment.
  126. 126. "As a result" of such superficial allegiance, John says, "many of His disciples withdrew, and were not walking with Him anymore" (John 6:66).
  127. 127. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-awGRo80TCHQ/T7r4mTY40BI/AAAAAAAAEiQ/uWE7NFZ8_Wg/s400/rest.jpg Consequently, they would not enter God's rest, that is, His salvation, because they still possessed "an evil, unbelieving heart" (Hebrews 3:11-12).
  128. 128. Just as those Israelites who rebelled against Moses in the wilderness were denied entrance into the Promised Land because of unbelief, so those who refuse to fully trust in Christ are denied entrance into God's kingdom rest of salvation for the same reason.
  129. 129. "Therefore, let us fear lest, while a promise remains of entering His rest, any one of you should seem to have come short of it. For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also; but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard.
  130. 130. For we who have believed enter that rest, just as He has said, 'As I swore in My wrath, they shall not enter My rest'" (Hebrews 4:1-3).'"
  131. 131. The dictionary gives several definitions of rest that remarkably parallel the spiritual rest God offers those who trust in His Son. First, the dictionary describes rest as cessation from action, motion, labor, or exertion.
  132. 132. In a similar way, to enter God's rest is to cease from all efforts at self-help in trying to earn salvation. Second, rest is described as freedom from that which wearies or disturbs.
  133. 133. Again we see the spiritual parallel of God's giving His children freedom from the cares and burdens that rob them of peace and joy.
  134. 134. Third, the dictionary defines rest as something that is fixed and settled. Similarly, to be in God's rest is to have the wonderful assurance that our eternal destiny is secure in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
  135. 135. It is to be freed from the uncertainties of running: from philosophy to philosophy, from religion to religion, from guru to guru, hoping somehow and somewhere to discover truth, peace, happiness, and eternal life.
  136. 136. Fourth, rest is defined as being confident and trustful. When we enter God's rest we are given the assurance that "HeWho began a good work in us will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus" (Philippians 1:6).
  137. 137. Finally, the dictionary describes rest as leaning, reposing, or depending on. As children of God, we can depend with utter certainty that our heavenly Father will "supply all our needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19).
  138. 138. SUBMISSION Matthew 11:29-30 29Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy, and My load is light."
  139. 139. Salvation involves submission, because it is impossible for Christ to exercise lordship over those who refuse to obey Him. Jesus' invitation therefore includes the call to submission, symbolized by a yoke.
  140. 140. A yoke was made of wood, hand-hewn to fit the neck and shoulders of the particular animal that was to wear it in order to prevent chafing. For obvious reasons, the term was widely used in the ancient world as a metaphor for submission.
  141. 141. The yoke was part of the harness used to pull a cart, plow, or mill beam and was the means by which the animal's master kept it under control and guided it in useful work.
  142. 142. A student was often spoken of as being under the yoke of his teacher, and an ancient Jewish writing contains the advice: "Put your neck under the yoke and let your soul receive instruction."
  143. 143. That is the particular meaning Jesus seems to have had in mind here, because He adds, and learn from Me. Manthano (to learn) is closely related to mathetes (disciple, or learner) and reinforces the truth that Christ's disciples are His submissive learners.
  144. 144. They submit to Christ's lordship for many reasons, among the most important of which is to be taught by Him through His Word. A yoke symbolizes obedience, and Christian obedience includes learning from Christ.
  145. 145. The power of salvation is entirely of grace and nothing of works. An unbeliever has neither the understanding nor the ability to save himself, just as a babe has neither the understanding nor the ability to help itself.
  146. 146. But although good works do not produce salvation, salvation does produce good works. Believers are, in fact, "created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them" (Ephesians 2:10).
  147. 147. Because Jesus is gentle and humble in heart, He gives rest, not weariness, to the souls of those who submit to Him and do His work. When you yoke up with Him, His yoke is easy, and His load is light.
  148. 148. His burden is not like that of Pharaoh, who bitterly oppressed the children of Israel, or like that of the scribes and Pharisees, who burdened the Jews of Jesus' day with a grievous legalism.
  149. 149. His yoke is easy, and His load is light. (Matthew 11:29-30) Christ will never oppress us or give us a burden too heavy to carry.
  150. 150. His yoke has nothing to do with the demands of works or law, much less those of human tradition. The Christian's work of obedience to Christ is joyful and happy.
  151. 151. "For," as John explains, "this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome" (1 John 5:3).
  152. 152. Submission to Jesus Christ brings the greatest liberation a person can experience — actually the only true liberation he can experience, because only through Christ is he freed to become what God created him to be.
  153. 153. The Plan of Hope & Salvation John 3:16 NKJV 16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 14:6 NKJV 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
  154. 154. Romans 3:23 NKJV 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Romans 6:23a NKJV 23a For the wages of sin is death, • Death in this life (the first death) is 100%. • Even Jesus, the only one who doesn’t deserve death, died in this life to pay the penalty for our sins. • The death referred to in Romans 6:23a is the second death explained in Revelation 21:8.
  155. 155. Revelation 21:8 NKJV 8 “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” Romans 6:23b NKJV 23b but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
  156. 156. Romans 5:8 NKJV 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Revelation 21:7 NKJV 7 “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.” •Romans 10:9-10 explains to us how become an overcomer.
  157. 157. Romans 10:9-10 NKJV 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:13 NKJV 13 For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”
  158. 158. If you have questions or would like to know more, Please, contact First Baptist Church Jackson at 601-949-1900 or http://firstbaptistjackson.org/contact/

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