Morning, December 16, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“Come unto me.” — Matthew 11:28
The cry of the Christian religion is the gentle word, “Come.” The Jewish law harshly said, “Go, take heed to your steps as to the path in which you shall walk. Break the commandments, and you shalt perish; keep them, and you shall live.” The law was a dispensation of terror, which drove men before it as with a whip; the gospel draws with bonds of love. Jesus is the good Shepherd going before his sheep, bidding them follow him, and ever leading them onward with the inviting word, “Come.” The law repels, the gospel attracts. The law shows the distance which there is between God and man; the gospel bridges that awful chasm, and brings the sinner across it.
From the first moment of your spiritual life until you are ushered into glory, the language of Christ to you will be, “Come, come to me.” As a mother puts out her finger to her little child and entices it to walk by saying, “Come,” even so does Jesus. He will always be ahead of you, bidding you to follow him as the soldier follows his captain. He will always go before you to pave your way, and clear your path, and you shall hear his enlivening voice calling you after him all through life; while in the solemn hour of death, his sweet words with which he shall usher you into the heavenly world shall be, “Come, you, blessed of my Father.”
Indeed, further, this is not only Christ’s cry to you, but, if you are a believer, this is your cry to Christ: “Come! come!” You will be longing for his second advent; you will be saying, “Come quickly, even so come Lord Jesus.” You will be hungering for nearer and closer communion with him. As his voice to you is “Come,” your response to him will be, “Come, Lord, and abide with me. Come, and occupy alone the throne of my heart; reign there without a rival, and consecrate me entirely to your service.”