Come, all you who are thirsty,
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost.
Why spend money on what is not bread,
and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
and you will delight in the richest of fare.
Give ear and come to me;
listen, that you may live.
I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
my faithful love promised to David.
God is pursuing us and inviting us. That’s the whole story of the Bible. That’s the whole story of human history.
God is always, relentlessly, coming after us. And the invitation is one of relationship, interaction, togetherness. It’s an invitation for anyone who finds life too unfulfilling, too empty. It’s an invitation for anyone who finds life too costly or too unsatisfying. Too burdensome or disappointing. It’s a chance to find fullness, satisfaction, life itself.
Most importantly, it’s free and it’s for all.
It speaks to God’s opinion of our value. It speaks of his love that cannot be overcome by our greed and constant wavering. God is pursuing us, and he will not stop offering free and full life to us.
When Jesus came on the scene the Israelites expected the Messiah to eradicate their enemies. They expected a conqueror who would pay back those who had harmed them and help them set up their own empire. But instead, Jesus just continued on with the same pursuit as the Father had, the same pursuit that caused them to create in the first place. The invitation to life.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, 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. Matthew 11:28-29