The Bible speaks loud and clear that God’s saving grace has been made available for all mankind (Titus 2,11).
This saving grace is connected with the coming of Jesus Christ into this world. This saving grace is based on the work of Jesus Christ. Through Christ, God becomes approachable and real to man and he invites us to himself. We shall consider a few Scriptural references that confirm God’s invitation to us.
The Invitations From Heave: Come and let us reason together (Isaiah 1,18-19). Through Prophet, Isaiah God made a call to repentance and issued a promise to forgive and cleanse sinners. The primary receivers of this invitation were Israel. Today, the same call and invitation extend to all mankind.
The Good News is that God invites us (v18) and promises salvation to those who respond positively to his invitation. We conclude that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is God’s open invitation to all mankind.
Come you, who are thirsty (Isaiah 55,1): Isaiah’s prophetic utterances continued and became more specific as he invites everyone who thirsts “to come to the waters” (Isaiah 55,1).
Everyone who thirsts is invited to “come to the waters”. The source and fountain of this water are revealed to be Jesus Christ himself (John 4,14; John 7,37-38).
Jesus Christ is the well of Salvation promised in Isaiah 12,2-3. He promised those „thirsty“ living waters (John 4,10.14). What is needed to buy this living Water is repentance from sin and faith towards God.
Come you, all who are heavy laden (Mt 11,28-30): The Lord Jesus Christ took up the open invitation of Heaven and extended it to all “who labour and are heavy laden”.
He promised to give us “rest” and “yoke” that is easy and “burden” that is light. We will agree that these are metaphorical expressions but the connotations are understandable.
Life without God the Creator of life is burdensome. The attempt to live without God may go well on earth but not in eternity. By turning to Christ, we lay aside the burdens of life and the heavy yoke sin and rebellion produce in us. The Lord promised that nobody who comes to him will be turned back (John 6,37). God’s salvation plan is inclusive. Nobody is excluded!
Come! (Rev 22,17): The Book of Revelations foretells the coming Kingdom of Jesus Christ. Therefore the Spirit and the Bride (the Bride referring here to the New Jerusalem as depicted in Chapter 21,2.9) invites those who thirst to come to the water.
The feast is ready (Mt 22,4), the banquet is prepared. Those hungry and thirsty are invited. With the coming of Jesus Christ, the gate of Heaven is wide open and the feast has begone and will continue into the coming age. Yes, salvation is here and it began as Christ was born. The Advent of Christ is the beginning of the symphony of divine salvation
Conclusion: Heaven invites all those who are thirsty and heavy laden to come. Salvation is here since Jesus Christ the Saviour was born.