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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.

Come.

Come.

Come.

Ben NelsonSee you again soon.

Ben

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Come with me from Lebanon, my bride,
May you come with me from Lebanon.
Journey down from the summit of Amana,
From the summit of Senir and Hermon, |
From the dens of lions,
From the mountains of leopards.

Song of Songs 4:8

From the very start, the maiden’s deepest longing was to run with her heart-throb. At first she asked from a distance in 1:4:

Draw me after you and let us run together! ~ Song of Songs 1:4 NASB

Then she saw Him from afar and longed to an active passionate relationship with Him.

There were then attempts to follow Him into ministry, into the dangerous regions.

She tried on her own and burned out.

He invited her to come with Him and she chickened out.

He has now addressed her burnout with intimacy and her fears with an overwhelming display of strength.

The great thing here is that rather than let her dream die, and leave her feeling like a failure, He keeps coming back and asking her, in each new season, “will you come with Me now?”

Jesus is calling today!

He reiterates His call to her. Come! This call is throughout the Song – Come.

Often we sit in the Church and call on Jesus to come. We invite our friends to church and hope they will come, and when they do, we hope Jesus will come, but the real fact is Jesus has called us from outside the Church and He is calling us to come to Him.

Will you Come?

Today Jesus is calling us into the dangerous world of ministry, with the dangerous task of rescuing the perishing. [Tweet This]

He invites us to run and leap in the mountains and hills with Him. He is calling us to go come out in the face of the roaring liar lion and the stalking demons leopards

This love affair I have been writing about for over a year now is not about the comfort of a love nest, but rather it is a call to partnership with a fearless Savior, one who is willing to lay down everything to rescue those under the spell of our great enemy.

Will you come?

Ben NelsonThanks for stopping by today

Let’s join Him today.

Ben