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“Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

“One is struck with the personality of this text.  There are two persons in it, ‘you’ and ‘me.’ . . . Jesus says, ‘Come to me, not to anybody else but to me.’  He does not say, ‘Come to hear a sermon about me’ but ‘Come to me, to my work and person.’  You will observe that no one is put between you and Christ. . . . Come to Jesus directly, even to Jesus himself.  You do want a mediator between yourselves and God, but you do not want a mediator between yourselves and Jesus. . . . To him we may look at once, with unveiled face, guilty as we are.  To him we may come, just as we are, without anyone to recommend us or plead for us or make a bridge for us to Jesus. . . . You, as you are, are to come to Christ as he is, and the promise is that on your coming to him he will give you rest.  That is the assurance of Jesus himself, and there is no deception in it. . . . You see there are two persons.  Let everybody else vanish, and let these two be left alone, to transact heavenly business with each other.”

C. H. Spurgeon, The Treasury of the New Testament (Grand Rapids, 1950), I:171.

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3 thoughts on “Just as we are”

  1. Gary H. says:

    Such good news, so much love. Thanks, Ray.

  2. jeremiah says:

    thank you for such wonderful truth that you share.

  3. Rebecca M. says:

    Ray-This isn’t the best way to send this to you, but I remember you did a Reasoning Faith series on homosexuality, and I wasn’t able to attend, but just found this article…love how she said “I expected that in all areas of life, understanding came before obedience. And I wanted God to show me, on my terms, why homosexuality was a sin. I wanted to be the judge, not one being judged.” But her article does remind me of your post-“Then, one ordinary day, I came to Jesus…the voice of God sang a sanguine love song in the rubble of my world.” How sweet is that voice of God on the ears of those who hear Him!

    Here’s the full article if you want to read:

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Ray Ortlund is senior pastor of Immanuel Church in Nashville, Tennessee, and serves as a Council member with The Gospel Coalition. You can follow him on Twitter.

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