Weekly bulletin article by Mike Johnson

Remember when you were young and you hurt yourself or someone hurt your feelings? You teared up, your lower lip started to quiver, and soon the waterworks started. You just wanted someone to hug you and make you feel better.

Then, your mother said, “Honey, come here and sit in my lap.” You knew that was the place to be. She was magical. She could make every tear dry up and every pain almost go completely away. Even now, those memories give you comfort on a bad day.

That is the same feeling Jesus offers to us. He said, “Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28) Satan has battered and bruised us. We carry the effects of allowing his mischief into our lives. Sometimes we cry because of sadness. Sometimes we shake because of disappointment. At all times, we just want someone to make things better.

Jesus is that someone. He is not one “who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are…” (Hebrews 4:15) He calls to us just as He did to the children of His day (Matthew 18:2). He wants to help us deal with the pain. He wants us to find peace.

However, just like mom’s lap, we need to respond to the call. Mom might, at times, come to us and scoop us up in her arms responding to our calls for help. But, Jesus opens His arms and waits for us to come to Him.

Mom’s job is to rush to our aid to relieve the pain. That is how she teaches us about her willingness and ability to help. Jesus’ job is to offer His help to all who come to Him. He taught us of His willingness and ability to help when He was crucified for us. “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.” (John 12:32)