by Jerry Branch

Whose Call Do YOU Follow?
Jerry Branch
Matthew 11:28-30
March 29, 1998

There are a lot of things today that say, "COME TO ME, and I'LL give you what you're looking for." Religions say, "Come to me--I am the true church. Come to me, you'll have fun here. Come to me, we've got all the programs". Movies say, "Come to me, you'll forget all your troubles here". Bars say, "Come to me, drink your troubles away". Friends say, "Come to me, we'll go have some fun". The retailers and marketers say, "Come to me, buy more, and you'll be happier". And the people of this world, still grope around hurting, searching, trying to find some sort of meaning for their lives and to find some real rest for their weary lives.

And man's soul continues to cry out, it longs to find the peace that is missing. And the answer is always so near. The answer is in Jesus Christ. The answer is not in work; it's not in being more religious and being a better church worker, not in clubs and movies, not in other people. Jesus is the Answer.

Jesus calls out to the person who is hurting and needs help. Jesus calls out to the person who is running on spiritual empty. "Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you REST. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your WEARY souls. For My yoke is easy, and my burden is light". But so many confuse RELIGION with Jesus and Christianity. What is religion?

Really, very simply, it is man's attempt to reach God. And what is Christianity? It is the complete opposite. Christianity, folks, is God reaching down to man. What is the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ? It is God reaching down to us through His son Jesus Christ. The whole message of the Good News is that God did what was necessary so we could have a right relationship with Him. There was NO way possible for us to do what it took for us to have the right relationship with Him. God did it. We couldn' ...

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