The Sweet Words of Jesus (Machen)

The Person of Jesus: Radio Addresses on the Deity of the Savior

In the early part of 1935, J. Gresham Machen gave a series of radio addresses on the deity of Christ. The manuscripts of these addresses have been published in a book called The Person of Jesus. It’s an excellent book – and that’s an understatement! The Person of Jesus is a great blend of biblical and practical doctrine. The following quotation is an example of this.

[Jesus said] “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” [Mt. 11:28-30 NASB].

Are those the words of some falsifier who put upon the lips of Jesus words that Jesus never spoke? Are those the words of some religious genius who used the name of Jesus as the medium through which he might convey his teaching to the world?

Oh, no, my friends; no religious genius ever spoke words like these. These are words such as never man spake.

How sweet these words are on the lips of Jesus! How abominable they would be on the lips of any other! “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest”—who could speak those words without mocking and deceiving those who hear? I will tell you. Only He who said in the same breath: “No man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son.” The plain fact is that that gracious invitation of Jesus—an invitation so sweetly repeated again and again in the Gospels by Him who was sent to seek and to save that which was lost—the plain fact is that that invitation is a divine invitation. The one who uttered it was a deceiver or He was God.

Yet, it is objected, there are so many who will not accept the invitation; there are so many learned men who will not believe Jesus when He advances these stupendous claims. Yes, I know. They are very many and they are very learned.

But did not Jesus Himself say so; did not Jesus Himself say that there were many learned persons who would very learnedly reject Him when He offered Himself as their Saviour and Lord? “I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.”

Which are you, my friends? Do you belong to the wise and prudent, of whom our Lord spoke? Do you belong to those who rely upon the wisdom of this world and turn aside from Christ? Or are you among the babes? Will you come to Jesus weak and helpless; will you come to Him as a very little child? Are you weary and heavy laden? Will you come to Him that He may give you rest?

J. G. Machen, The Person of Christ (Philadelphia, PA. Westminster Seminary Press, 2017), 71-72.

Shane Lems
Covenant Presbyterian Church (OPC)
Hammond, WI, 54015