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Jesus offers rest for the burdened

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In Matthew 11:28, Jesus promises rest for those with heavy burdens who will come to Him. In verse 29, He tells you how to find that rest; it is by learning about Him.

There are a lot of people who are looking for a way to escape life's pressures. Many seek it through various things such as alcohol, drugs, entertainment, solitude, thrill seeking, affairs, and even religion. The problem is that these methods don't remove stress, they just offer a temporary reprieve from them. In some cases, the consequences of pursuing alcohol, drugs, and affairs can add new stresses that make life even more intolerable.

In Jesus' day, there was a lot of religion, The religious leaders of His day had their devotion on display all of the time. The problem Jesus addressed was that it was all a show. He talked about how the religious leaders of His day sounded a trumpet to announce they were about to give money, how they prayed in public places where they knew they would be seen, and how they made themselves look hungry when they fasted. He went onto say that they burdened the people with religion and that the religion they practiced would not save them.

Jesus offers more than temporary reprieves and diversions from life's stresses. He offers more than a phony religion that does nothing except build the egos (and probably bank accounts) of those who lead falsely. Jesus offers joy (John 15:11; 16:24; Acts 2:28; 1 Peter 1:8). It is a joy that transcends life's circumstances. He gives a sense of peace that can't be understood. He offers wisdom that will guide you through the difficult times and He promises He will never allow you to be given more than you can handle.

Everything He offers can be yours simply by asking Him for it, but you have to know Him. That is very possibly more than your religious leaders may be offering you. You know Jesus not by listening to some local or nationally recognize personality. You have to examine what He says. Your search for Him begins by understanding some fundamental spiritual laws and accepting His offer to be a part of your life. You get to know Him better by reading the Bible for yourself.

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