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COMING TO JESUS!

by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.

A sermon preached on Saturday Evening, June 9, 2007
at the Baptist Tabernacle of Los Angeles

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).


Jesus told us that all we need to do to be saved is come to Him. When God is drawing a person, it is simple and easy to come to Jesus. Think of Bible examples that prove this.

First, think of the palsied man who was let down to Jesus through a hole in the roof. Look at Mark 2:3-5. Please stand and read those verses aloud.

“And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. And when they could not come nigh [near] unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee”
      (Mark 2:3-5).

You may be seated. This man was so sick that he couldn’t get to Jesus alone. Others had to carry him to the Saviour. Perhaps you were like that. You were too ruined by sin to come to Jesus on your own. Someone had to find you and bring you to church to hear the Gospel. They had faith enough to bring you to Jesus.

But the sick man had some faith as well. The Scripture says, “When Jesus saw their faith,” that is He saw the faith of all of them, the men who carried him to Jesus, and the faith of the sick man himself. “When he saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.” What a wonderful thing! This man wanted to come to Jesus. Others helped him to come. The moment he came to Jesus, his sins were forgiven. Your sins will be forgiven too if you come to Jesus. He will say, “Thy sins are forgiven,” if you come to Him. He said,

“Come unto me…and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

Second, Zacchaeus, the tax collector came to Jesus and was saved. Turn in your Bible to Luke 19:1-5. Please stand and read those verses aloud.

“And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house” (Luke 19:1-5).

You may be seated.

Now drop down and read what Jesus said to Zacchaeus after he came to the Saviour. Look at verses 9 and 10. Jesus then said to him,

“This day is salvation come to this house…” (v. 9).

Now read verse 10.

“For the Son of man [Jesus] is come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10).

Zacchaeus received Jesus “joyfully” (v. 6). That is not the usual way people come to Jesus. They usually come to Him with sorrow for their sin. But this man came joyfully. You can say that he came to Jesus the wrong way. But it did not matter. All that mattered was that he came to the Saviour. He was saved because he came to Jesus. There is no right or wrong way to come. Come to Him any way at all and He will save you. As long as you come to Jesus, you will instantly be saved by Him, as this man was.

Third, Blind Bartimaeus came to Jesus and was saved. Turn to Mark 10:46-52. Please stand and read these verses aloud.

“And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me. And many charged him that he should hold his peace [be quiet]: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me. And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee. And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus. And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight. And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way” 
      (Mark 10:46-52).

You may be seated. This blind man came to Jesus. His sight was restored and he was saved, and became a follower of the Saviour. What did he do to get saved? He simply came to Jesus. That’s all! He came to Jesus and the Saviour healed him and saved him. You see, there is only one requirement. To be saved you must come to Jesus. That’s all! You don’t have to do anything else! Jesus said, in our text,

“Come unto me…and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

Fourth, there was a sinful woman who came to Jesus in the house of Simon the Pharisee. Turn to Luke 7:37-38. Please stand and read these verses aloud also.

“And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment” (Luke 7:37-38).

You may be seated. This woman was a well-known sinner in the city. People knew she was very sinful. She had a bad reputation. She crept up behind Jesus as He was eating and anointed His feet, and kissed His feet. She came to Jesus. Now drop down to verses 48-50. Read those three verses aloud.

“And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven. And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also? And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace” (Luke 7:48-50).

She was very sinful. But she came to Jesus anyway. She came to Him and kissed His feet. And He said to her, “Thy sins are forgiven.” All she did was come to Jesus. But that was enough! Her sins were forgiven and she was saved!

Please remember that all you have to do to be saved is the same thing she did, the same thing the palsied man did, the same thing Zacchaeus did, the same thing Blind Bartimaeus did. All of them were saved simply by coming to Jesus. And Jesus says to you,

“Come unto me…and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

If you will come to Jesus right now, tonight, He will pardon your sins and save your soul, just as He saved these people in Bible times. He will save you if you will simply come to Him. He will wash away all your sins with the Blood He shed on the Cross. He will clothe you in His righteousness. He will save you. All you have to do is come to Him. He is alive right now, at the right hand of God, in Heaven. Will you come to Him tonight? An old song says,


Out of my bondage, sorrow and night,

   Jesus, I come, Jesus, I come;

Into Thy freedom, gladness and light,

   Jesus, I come to Thee –

Out of myself to dwell in Thy love,

   Out of despair into raptures above,

Upward for aye on wings like a dove,

   Jesus, I come to Thee.

(“Jesus, I Come” by William T. Sleeper, 1819-1904).

(END OF SERMON)
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