December 06, 2020

Is Jesus the Answer?

Matthew 11:25-30

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. . . . I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

—  Matthew 11:28-29

A song we sang at a worship service had these words: “The world is searching for answers. Whom can we turn to?” And it answered: “There is someone—he is the answer. His name is Jesus. A ray of hope in a hopeless world.”

But if Jesus is the answer, why do we still have so many unanswered questions? Why so many problems, and why so much suffering?

God himself gave the answer to many of our questions on the day Jesus was born more than 2,000 years ago. His answer came in the form of a baby, his one and only Son, who came to save the world and all who believe in him (John 3:16-17).

In today’s Bible passage the Lord Jesus explains why he is the answer. He offers to give us rest for our souls by making us God’s children. He is, in the words of that song, “A ray of hope in a hopeless world.”

All we need to do is accept his invitation to come to him—and when we do, we will find rest for our souls. Then will we know that he truly is the answer.

Thank you, Lord, for coming into our world and into our lives. Thank you for the invitation to come to you so that we can find rest for our souls. Give us the grace to accept your invitation so that we may know you truly are the answer. We ask all this in your name. Amen.

About the author — Arthur J. Schoonveld

Rev. Art Schoonveld is a retired minister in the Christian Reformed Church. Before retiring in 2001, he served churches in California, Illinois, and Michigan. Since his retirement he has worked part-time for the denomination and has served as an interim pastor. Art and his wife, Anita, have four children and nine grandchildren.

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