The Inexhaustible Riches of Christ and Rest for The Weary (Newton)

We all know this beautiful call and comforting promise of Jesus: Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest (Mt. 11:28 NIV). John Newton preached an excellent sermon on these words. Note how he not only explains the inexhaustible grace and riches of Jesus, but he also properly comes to the conclusion that Jesus is God:

What shall we admire most; the majesty or the grace very obvious in this invitation of Jesus? How soon would the greatest earthly monarch be impoverished and his treasures utterly exhausted, if all that are poor and miserable had encouragement to apply freely to him, with a promise of relief fully answerable to their wants and wishes!

But the riches of Christ are unsearchable and inexhaustible. If millions and millions of distressed sinners seek to him for relief, he has a sufficiency for them all. His mercy is infinite to pardon all their sins; his grace is infinite to answer and exceed their utmost desires; his power is infinite to help them in all their difficulties.

A number without number have been thus waiting upon him, from age to age; and not one of them has been sent away disappointed and empty. And the streams of his bounty are still flowing, and still full. Thus the sun, his brightest material image, has been the source of light to the earth, and to all its inhabitants, from the creation; and will be equally so to all succeeding generations, till time shall be no more.

There is, indeed, an appointed hour when the sun shall cease to shine, and the course of nature shall fail. But the true Sun, the Sun of Righteousness, has no variableness nor shadow of turning; and they who depend upon him while in this world, shall rejoice in his light for ever.

Can we hesitate to accept of these words, as affording a full proof of the divine character, the proper Godhead of our Lord and Savior, supposing only that he meant what he said, and that he is able to make his promise good? Can a creature, however excellent and glorious, use this language? Can a creature discharge the debts, soothe the distresses, and satisfy the desires of every individual who looks to him? Who but the Lord God can raise up all that are bowed down, and comfort all that mourn?

Newton, John, and Richard Cecil, The Works of John Newton (London: Hamilton, Adams & Co., 1824), p. 163. (I’ve edited the above quote very slightly.)

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