The Invitations in the Bible

There are many wonderful invitations in the Bible to sinners like us…

Several invitations are addressed to those who are thirsty. Isaiah proclaims “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters” (Is.55:1). Christ said on the last day, that great day of the feast, “If any man thirst, let him come to me and drink” (John 7:37). He says near the end of the Book of Revelation, “To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life” (21:6).

Also, many invitations are addressed to people burdened down with worries, cares, and sins: “Come to me all you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

But one of the sweetest of them all is… “I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved” (John 10:9). This appears to me the sweetest of all, for it is said, “If any man.” It is not said, if any thirsty man, if any weary man, if any burden man, but if any man enter in he shall be saved and experience life to the full. This is Jesus’ invitation to you today. Let us all be sure to enter in and worship!

— Adapted from Robert Murray McCheyne, A Basket of Fragments, 1843

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