COME TO JESUS

Isaiah 1:18

 

I.Intro.

A.in our text we find a kind and wonderful invitation

1.God is still giving this invitation today, and He is giving it to each of us here

2.God is still entreating poor sinner with earnestness, plainness and affection to "COME"

3.many poor sinners have accepted the call, and have joined their voices in the appeal - Rev 22:17

B.when Jesus was on earth, He looked on the crowd and tenderly said, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" - Matthew 11:28-30

1.He knew the sufferings and sins of men, and was full of pity for them

2.what He said then, He says now; the invitation He gave to the men of that day, He gives to us, my fellow-sinner

3.come to Jesus and thou shalt find rest

II.we are invited to come to Jesus

A.He promises rest; but far better than rest of body is rest of soul

1.it is an awful thing to be a slave of man; but it is far worse to be Satan's bondman, dragging about an evil conscience and an aching heart

2.rest from an evil conscience and an aching heart can only be had by coming to Jesus

3.if we come to Jesus, He will lighten every other load

a)if we are poor, He will make us rich for ever; if we are sad, He will wipe away our tears

b)if we are bereaved, He will be to us a brother in adversity, who changes not, and never dies

c)if sin is a burden, come to Jesus and He will take it all away

d)if there is a dread for the day of death and judgment; come, and that day will be the dawn of life and glory

B.to be called by such a person as Jesus should be enough to make us glad

1.if a stranger called, we might say, "Perhaps he intends us no good"

2.if a poor man called, we might say "He cannot assist us, no matter how willing"

3.he who invites us, is both able and willing to help

a)He has clothes for the naked, food for the hungry, wealth for the poor, eternal life for all

b)when a blind beggar, sitting by the highway, heared that Jesus was passing by, cried out for mercy - Mark 10:46-52

(1)the people told him to be quiet; but he shouted the louder

(2)when Jesus heard the plea, He invited him to come

(3)after Jesus invited him to come, they told the blind beggar to “Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee”

(4)they spoke as though the beggar could be quite sure of a blessing

(5)they knew Jesus never called and then refused; and so they told him to rejoice

4.sinner, be of good cheer; this same Jesus calls for you

a)if you are a great sinner, the greater the need to come

b)if we have a guilty conscience; with that guilty conscience come

c)if we have a wicked heart; with that wicked heart come

d)if we have nothing with which to purchase His favor; without money come

e)rich and poor, masters and servants, old and young, sinners of every class, COME

III.why we should come to Jesus

A.as a sinner, come for pardon - Isaiah 55:7

1.some do not feel that they are a sinner

a)they think they are no worse than others, and better than many

b)they are not a drunkard, thief, or adulterer; and even read the Bible, and attend the house of God

2.they question is not whether we are as good as others, but have we obeyed all the commandments, and never broken any of them

a)have we always been true, chaste, sober, honest, forgiving, and kind; and never indulged in pride, malice, anger, deceit, or lust

b)God requires purity of heart and outward conduct, and He knows all our thoughts and deeds

(1)who has obeyed the first and chief command, which is to love God with all our heart, mind and strength

(2)who has always been thankful for His mercies; always carefully read His word in order to obey it; always tried to please Him, and loved to pray to Him

(3)who has always striven to be "holy as He is holy," and endeavored in all things to glorify Him

c)if we have always done these things, we have only done our duty, and have nothing to boast of; but no one has done it - Romans 3:10-20

3.we all have sinned thousands of times, and have sought our own pleasure

a)even in our best actions, we have not been prompted by a desire to please God

b)we have all lived for ourselves; we have sought man's approval, and God has not been in all our thoughts

c)the Bible tells us, "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves” – 1 John 1:8

4.as a sinner, enormous guilt hangs upon us

a)we cannot get rid of them, and if we were to labor for thousands of years, we could not atone for the least of them

b)if we were to give all we possess, or suffer torture and death, it would not take away sin

c)the past cannot be recalled; but there is forgiveness, free, full, and eternal, for the guilty

d)Jesus has purchased with His own blood, pardon for thee, O sinner

e)come to Jesus Christ for pardon

B.come to be reconciled, for God is angry - John 3:36; Psalm 7:11

1.God is angry with the wicked every day; does He not have much cause to be angry with thee, O sinner

a)He gave and preserves our life, and bestows all our comforts; yet we forget Him

b)He has told us His commands; and these are all intended for our good, yet we do not regard them

c)all have lived as if there was no such Being as God

d)what an ungrateful child we would be, if we treated our parents in such a manner - Isaiah 1:2

2.He is our Creator, King, and righteous Judge, and must and will punish all sinners

a)He will act against those who rebel as an angry monarch, and not as a kind parent

b)it is our own fault that He is angry; we make Him so

(1)our sins separated us from God; and as long as we live without repenting of our sin, His anger must be hot against us, and we cannot escape or hide from Him

(2)wherever we are, He is there, and He is angry

(3)it depends on Him whether or not we draw our very next breath, and He is angry

(4)it is better for all the world to be angry with us, than God

c)He is only angry while we make Him so; He is willing to be our friend

(1)He sent His Son with this message, "Be ye reconciled to God" - 2 Corinthians 5:20

(2)if we will give our heart to Jesus, and trust in Him, all this anger will cease

(3)come to Jesus, and no longer be God’s foe; accept His offer be a friend

(4)beware of rejecting Jesus; for He says, " he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him"

C.come to be saved, for hell awaits the unrepentant sinner

1.hell is not a fable invented by priests to frighten their fellow men - Psalms 9:17

a)it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away, then for one jot or tittle of God’s Word to fail

b)all men must give an account of the deeds done in their body

c)every sinner who has not obtained a pardon by coming to Jesus, will hear the dreadful sentence, "Depart, ye cursed into everlasting fire”

d)who can tell the torments of that place; no more pleasant light of day, no more cheerful voice of friends, no more comforts of home, no more pleasures of the world and sin

2.Jesus speaks of it as "the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone -- outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth -- their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched"

a)what misery can be greater than what such words as these describe

b)how dreadful to be in hell; what could be more horrible

c)every unforgiven sinner is on his way to hell; if you are not pardoned, you are on your way

d)once there, all hope is gone for ever, there is no escape

3.flee to Jesus, He came to save us from hell – John 3:16

D.come to gain an entrance into heaven

1.as there is a place of punishment for the wicked, so there is a heaven of glory for all who come to Jesus

a)God, in His great love for sinners, sent his Son not only to deliver them from hell, but to make them happy and glorious with Him forever

b)when a believer dies, though his body decays, his soul is at once with Jesus - 2 Corinthians 5:8, Philippians 1:23

2.the Bible gives a delightful description of heaven; we are told that sickness, sorrow, and death never enter there; that cares, fears, and anxieties are never felt there

a)what is even better, there will be no more sin, all hearts will be full of holy love to God, and to one another

b)all the good men of former ages will be there:  the martyrs, and apostles, and prophets

c)we will meet with angels and archangels; and more than all, we shall behold Jesus in His glorified human body; we shall see His face and ever be with the Lord

d)to show how glorious heaven is, it is compared to a city with streets of gold, gates of pearl, and walls of jasper and emerald

3.in God’s presence is fullness of joy, and at His right hand are pleasures forevermore - Psalms 16:11

a)the best joys of earth are soon gone, but the joys of heaven are forever and ever

b)this heaven can be yours; Jesus keeps the door, and He has opened it wide for all sinners to enter

c)if you will not come to Jesus, you cannot enter heaven; for he is the door, the only door

d)Jesus invites you to come, no matter how guilty and vile you are

e)heaven will certainly be yours, if you come to Jesus