“Come to Me,
all you who labor and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest.
~ Matthew 11:28 ~
Dear heavenly Father and Lord Jesus,
Thank You for being with and for us. Your love for us became known through the giving of Your One and only beloved Son, Jesus, to die for us—the ransom for our souls. We were slaves to sin, and therefore condemned to death and eternal separation from You.
There was nothing we could do to cover our sin, no labor was intense enough or long enough to propitiate for our own sins. We could do nothing for ourselves. But, You, Lord Jesus, redeemed us with Your life: Your body and blood, freely given, became the propitiation for our sin.
In reading through John, I read the invitation You gave to all:
“If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.”
~ John 7:27 ~
You showed in John 4:1-43, who anyone includes—Samaritans, people who were despised because they were of Assyrian and Jewish descent. You went out of Your way to stop at a place where people who were alienated from God lived, and revealed Yourself to them. You knew they were hungry and thirsty for God; they believed and received You, and welcomed You to stay with them.
And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him
because of the word of the woman who testified,
“He told me all that I ever did.”
So when the Samaritans had come to Him,
they urged Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days.
~ John 4:39-40 ~
John 4:41-42 gives us the fruit of Your ministry among them:
And many more believed because of His own word.
Then they said to the woman,
“Now we believe, not because of what you said,
for we ourselves have heard Him and we know
that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world.”
These I will meet when I go home; these are part of the “great cloud of witnesses” Hebrews 12 speaks of. These, in believing and receiving You, became Yours—no longer spiritual outcasts, but part of Your fold.
Jesus, You still come to all who are thirsty, to all who are weak, and cannot do anything for themselves to be reconciled to You. You come to the lost, the hungry, the thirsty; the hurting, the lonely, the unloved, the outcast, and the despised. You make Yourself known, and when anyone believes and receives You, You make them Your own. You present them to Your Father and speak of them as “Your bride.”
Such love, “such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain it” (Psalm 139:6). Be magnified, as Ephesians 1:3-6 states,
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing
in the heavenly places in Christ,
just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world,
that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,
having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself,
according to the good pleasure of His will,
to the praise of the glory of His grace,
by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.
Thank You, dear Father, and Jesus, for showing us that no labor on our behalf is needed in order to become Yours, for You have already done the work and “made us accepted in the Beloved.”