“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matt. 11:28.
That Christ allows sinners to come to him, rather on account of the desperateness of their case, than otherwise: Come unto me, all ye that labour, and are heavy-laden. As if he had said, “You have been labouring, and yet can get no rest; let that engage you to come to me. Sit down, and consider your case, if nothing else will prevail with you, let the desperateness of your disease bring you to the great Physician.” You are cordially welcome to do so.
For, consider, That it is for this very end God discovers the worst of a man’s case to himself, drives him to his wit’s end, in order that he may begin to be wise. Hosea 2:6,7, “Therefore, behold, I will hedge up thy way with thorns, and make a wall, that she shall not find her paths…then shall she say, I will go and return to my first husband, for then was it better with me than now.”
Consider, That Christ has made offers of himself to those in the worst of cases. Isaiah 1:18, “Come now, and 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.” And he holds out himself as a Saviour in particular for these, Revelation 3:17,18; Isaiah 55:7.
Consider, Such have been made welcome, who have employed such arguments with him. Psalm 25:11, “For thy name’s sake, O Lord, pardon mine iniquity; for it is very great;” and also in the case of the Canaanite woman with Jesus, Matthew 15:26-28, “But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs. And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their master’s table. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.”
Consider, He has the more glory, the more desperate that the case is; none see the stars so well as from the bottom of a deep pit. His power is the greater to pardon, his grace to overcome, when there is most occasion for these being displayed; it is the worst of diseases that do best proclaim the physician’s skill, when a cure is effected.