All or Nothing

All things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.

Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. – Matthew 11:27-28

As I again ponder this passage I am struck by the stark contrast in these two back to back verses.

Jesus, states in one breath that NO ONE can know the Father except through the Son. Then He takes a deep breath, spreads His arms and welcomes all comers with the oft quoted “Come to Me, ALL who are weary …

I am so glad, that though the way is narrow, the path straight, and access limited to those who come by that single point of entry, still it is open to ALL.

There are a couple requirements for entry into the kingdom, into the way that leads to life.

First you must be weary.

Are you tired of trying you best to “be good” and just blowing it over and over?

You are qualified.

Next you must be heavy laden.

Has religion piled high upon your shoulders a load of “ought to”s that you can’t bear?

Or perhaps you have never been religious, instead you have tried by your own wits and efforts to be a good member of society, and find yourself repeatedly tripped up by greed, or indifference, or shocked by your own intolerance.

You are qualified too.

You who are weary and heavy laden, today is your day. Today is your day to come.

I don’t care if you have been a Christian for 100 years, if you are weary or heavy laden, today is a good day to come to Jesus.




Ben NelsonSee you again soon.


About Ben Nelson

Jesus Lover, husband, dad, worshipper, writer, preacher. I love to see people activated in what God has created them to be.

8 comments on “All or Nothing

  1. I’m soooo qualified!


  2. Hallelujah – that invitation makes all of the weariness and burdens worth it… just to know that I can come to Him and cast all of my cares on Him and know that He cares for me makes all of the pain and all of the heaviness so much easier. Bless you Ben for sharing this post.


  3. Thank you Lord, yes Jesus, I need you so…


  4. Definitely qualified. Last night I dreamed I was in NJ chatting with you and playing with the new grand daughter. She’s beautiful!


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