It is only through Jesus Christ that we could be saved from the afflictions which we suffer daily as a result of the sin we inherited from Adam and the ones we committed in our days of ignorance. It is to make all men in every generation have the understanding of this truth that the gospel is being preached for more than 2000 years. Those who by God's grace are able to throw off the shackles of tradition and false religion and look to God for salvation through the Saviour become reconciled to Him and have hope of eternal life. Those who reject the truth will remain in satan's bondage and will reap vanity at the end. “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” - John 3:17, 18.
Text:“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” - Matthew 11:28-30.
Before our Saviour made this open invitation to all who “labour and are heavy laden”, he had, from the earlier verses, (verses 2 - 27), upbraided or chastised the cities of Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum – cities in Galilee – in that the mighty works he did in these cities evoked so little positive response from them. Our Redeemer then thanked God for revealing the way of salvation, not to “the wise and prudent” of the world but to “babes”, those regarded by society as weak and ignorant. Certainly, the kingdom privileges would be enjoyed only by those who humble themselves to come to Christ so as to serve God acceptably.
The situation in the time of our Saviour, when a number of the people were so steeped in ungodliness that they could not discern spiritual things is even worse in the world of today which is bedeviled by such vices as selfishness, greed, hatred, hypocrisy and carnality, among other vices. The prevalence of these ills, which are planted and nurtured on earth by the devil, accounts for the troubles in the world today. Those who turn to Christ will get true freedom from sin and death. (John 8:35, 36) St. Paul wrote: “…for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” - Romans 6:19, 23.