The Restful Burden – Gospel in Life

The Restful Burden

Tim Keller |  October 13, 1996

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  • Rest & Sabbath
  • Discipleship and Spiritual Growth
Matthew 11:28-30
RS 72-6


So far, Jesus has said some hard things, responding to John the Baptist, who sent word that he’s doubting and offended by Jesus. Now we come to the part of Matthew 11 that is like a dessert.

Occasionally you come to words like this, and you realize what makes them so great is that they are utterly simple and yet absolutely comprehensive. If you’re thinking about Christianity, if you’re looking at Christianity, this is a matchless summary.

These words from Jesus are an invitation. In this invitation, Jesus 1) tells us two things we already have, and then 2) offers us certain things in their place instead.

Matthew 11:28–30

Getting to know what Jesus taught is key to growing spiritually. His message, though simple, can really change lives. We all feel tired and restless no matter what we believe, but Jesus offers us a chance to find comfort and peace. It’s important not to get caught up in the wrong things, but rather find our true purpose in Jesus. By accepting him, we take on a burden that actually brings us peace and stops us from trying to prove ourselves all the time.



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