JESUS' CALL TO ALL (1)
To gain most from my comments, the reader should
familiarize oneself with this text. Read it thru several times.
Today we concern ourselves with the invitation aspect of the text.
"Come unto me," shows:
(1) a verbatim: "come".
(2) a departure from the old path: "unto me". Jesus is offering
the invitation. "Unto me" shows Jesus is offering the invitation.
"Unto" also infers a departure from the old ways to a new direction.
(3)"ME" is a strong word. Jesus is God manifest in the flesh,
I Timothy 3:16.
(4) the three words indicate a change of direction - - - leaving
one to enter another. The scripture speaks of such being a "new
creature" (or creation), 2 Corinthians 5:17.
Much Divine effort has been taken that the speaker may
issue such a call, John 3:34. John the Baptist said: "For whom
God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the
Spirit by measure unto him." John also said: "He that believeth
on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the
Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
The option is clear in the matter of Jesus' call: "Come unto
me". Responding to it means life everlastingly - - - neglecting or
rejecting it means to face the wrath of God.
Our decision, when Jesus is introduced to us, is a serious
matter. It determines everlasting destiny. As God is gracious in
offering His Son, as our Saviour, - - - so will He be firm in His
dealings with the neglecter or rejecter: "who shall be punished with
everlasting destruction, from the presence of the Lord, and from
the glory of His power;", 2 Thessalonians 1:9. Hear and heed
while the opportunity is at hand. DDH
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