Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your soul.” Jesus invites people to “come,” and in so doing they will have rest. “Take my yoke,” means become a follower of Jesus. If a person accepts Jesus’ invitation they will “learn” from him, and find rest for their souls.
What is this rest that Jesus offers? Jesus said of the people, “They were like sheep without a shepherd.” He meant they were: Sorrowful, suffering, wave-tossed, tired, wearied, and heavy-laden people. Thus in His invitation He is saying, “All your restlessness is caused by the lack of God in your life. If you could know God all your restlessness would cease, but you cannot know Him except through me. If you will come to Me, I will reveal God to you, and you will find rest.”
Jesus’ invitation is music to our ears, and a balm to our souls, and that is because He does not offer pity, but he offers the power to overcome. His invitation is not an opiate that puts us to sleep, but an offer of a life that awakens us to what we were meant to be – something holy. Jesus’ invites us to get right with God, and that can only be done through Him.