WHEN THE LORD SAYS COME Andy Hollifield 7-12-18
Isaiah 1:18 Come now, let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
I got to thinking Wednesday night about some times in the bible when the Lord told someone to come to him for some reason. The verse in Isaiah is a generous offer from the Lord to give us the opportunity to reason with him. Undeserving sinners that we are, but the God of all creation invites us to come and reason with him. Let that sink in for a minute. He knows our condition as far as our sins are concerned. He will change the bright red sins (scarlet), to be white as snow; and the deep dark (crimson) sins, he will make like wool. It doesn’t matter how deep and dark into sin we may have gotten, we are still invited to come. Those of us with what we might consider (scarlet) sins, he will make them as wool but the bottom line is that we all are or were lost and in need of a Savior and he wants us to come now. Isn’t it amazing that even though we are sinners, not only does he allow us to reason with him, but he still wants us to come to him after our reasoning has proven us to be unworthy.
I also noticed the scripture in John 21:12 where Jesus told his disciples to come and dine on the fish he had prepared. After admitting they had nothing for their efforts, Jesus took their nothing and made something out of it. When they were obedient to his command to cast on the other side of the boat, they caught more than they could handle. The interesting thing to me is that Jesus told them to bring what they had. All God wants is for us to come to him and he will bless and use what he has given us if we will just surrender it to him.
In Matthew 19:21 Jesus told the rich, young, ruler to get rid of the stuff that would hinder him from serving God and come and follow him. The disciples were the first out of billions to follow the Lord. Their call to the ministry proves that you don’t have to know anything to come to the Lord. In Matthew 16:24 Jesus told his disciples the criteria for following him. There is a cross to be bore if we are going to follow him. Luke 9:23 even goes a step further to say that we have to take it up daily. This young ruler couldn’t give up the things of the world and his riches to follow Jesus. However, he did come later and accepted the Lord’s invitation.
In Matthew 4, he called his 12 disciples into the ministry. They immediately left their living and way of life to follow him. What a privilege we have to be asked by him to follow him. In Matthew 5, he explains that he isn’t come to destroy the law but to fulfil it. In Matthew 8 Jesus told the centurion that he would come and heal his servant but the man confessed that he wasn’t worthy for Jesus to come to his house but also told Jesus in verse 8 that if he would only speak the word, he knew his servant would be healed.
In Matthew 11:28 he gives the great invitation, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” The blessed rest that only the Lord can give. He can not only give bodily rest but also rest of the mind. In Philippians 4:7 it says, “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” I am grateful for all the times that God has kept my mind in trying times and given me that peace. In Mark 6:31 he invited his disciples to come apart to a desert place to rest a while. There had been so many people coming to Jesus that they hadn’t even had time to eat. The multitudes still followed him but Jesus fed them all with only 5 loaves and 2 fishes. Apparently the disciples finally got to eat because verse 42 says “And they did all eat, and were filled.” All five thousand men plus the women and children were filled when they left that day. They hadn’t even asked for food but Jesus, having compassion on them, fed them anyway just because they had come.
In John 4 he invited a Samaritan woman with a checkered past to come and drink of the living water. When she did, she went and told all the men of Samaria to come and see him. Many believed on him that day because of her but many more believed because of him. It all happened because she had come to Jesus after he had come to the well for her. In Revelation 22:17 Both the Spirit and the bride say “Come.” It goes on to say that anybody can come. “And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”
I am thankful for every time I have got to eat from the Lord’s table. Also for every time I have been able to “come” and have my needs met. For each time I have come to drink of the living water and for each time he has come to me in the darkness of the midnight and spoken peace to my soul and has given me that sweet rest. I am thankful most of all that as he said in Luke 19:10 “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” “Was” lost, past tense. Not lost anymore because he came to save me and has allowed me to be a “whosoever” and take the water of life freely. Have you ever come to him and even more important; Has he ever come to you? John 6:44 says “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him…” God must come and draw you before you can come to him and take of the water of life. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!