28 “Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. source
The Speaker reminded me of the many pieces of baggage that we may be picking up each morning and carrying around until sleep comes in the night.
Words, actions, losses, griefs, etc., etc. that we have yet to properly process – emotions we stuffed, packed down, and now we carry each one daily on our shoulders, our necks, our backs – all the places that HURT.
And yes Matthew 11:28 is sweet, burden lifting relief – when we believe and apply its message.
But I must tell you I don’t think the primary message of Matthew 11:28 is our emotional hurts and losses.
The largest, heaviest, most unbearable burden is the weight and penalty of SIN.
And JESUS offers us to COME, for us to come to HIM and bring that weight, burden, the baggage of sin that we can NEVER, NEVER, NEVER unload.
BUT we can humble ourselves and allow HIM to lift it from us.
And as HE does we can gratefully receive HIS Forgiveness and HIS Very Own Righteousness in exchange for our sin burden.
So this verse becomes all the more special. It speaks to us in Salvation, our Deliverance from the penalty of sin AND it continues to speak and comfort and encourage us all the way from our Damascus Road to Heaven.
It reassures us that we have a BURDEN BEARING SAVIOR who is ALWAYS with us to lift the paralyzing weight of any hurt, wound, or loss that we will bring to Him.
The question now is — will we?
Will we bring all our baggage (sin, hurts, griefs, bring it all) to JESUS?
Will we let HIM wash it, dry it, fold it, and put it away, for us to wear no more?
John 8:11 King James Version
11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.