November 20, 2018

CHRIST the INVITER: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Mt 11:28). William Temple writes: In the history of the world was ever an utterance made like this? Was ever a claim of power or an assertion of supremacy so vast, so calm, so confident? Could we have endured it from one of the great teachers of the world—from Socrates, from Seneca,…from Kant, or from Shakespeare? Would not its utterance have repelled and disgusted us? Its arrogance would have been intolerable. And yet have these words from the lips of Christ ever produced revulsion? Is it not the case that they have ever been regarded as among the most gracious and lovely of the Savior’s words? And why so?…They follow in this chapter the verse in which Jesus said, “All things have been delivered to Me by My Father.” The beauty and the sweetness of the invitation, “Come to me,” depend upon the sovereign right to give it. The Son of Man who is the Son of God alone has the right.