Jesus gave the invitation “Come to me” in the above passage to all you who are weary and burdened.
He didn’t narrow the selection down as to those good enough, or those with the right social status, or those who give generously to the Church.
No, Jesus made it clear that the invitation is extended to everyone who needs Him. And the Bible tells us that everyone needs Him because all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Such an invitation was a revolutionary concept in the days of Jesus.
The average person under Judaism was burdened with a legal system that never truly and fully brought about forgiveness. There were layers upon layers of rules created by man himself in addition to the Law that God gave Moses on Mount Sinai.
That sacrificial system offered only a temporary fix; and pointed to the Messiah that would come to give eternal salvation. In His day, Jesus made it perfectly clear that no one no matter how zealous and obedient and rule bound they might be could ever keep the entire Law. And if any person broke a single law, they had broken the entire Mosaic Law.
In addition, Jesus claimed that no one could come to the Father without first coming through Him. When He said this, He was not talking solely about the Gentiles; He was saying the Jews too must come to Him in order to spend eternity in heaven with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Many invitations are offered in scripture.
In Revelation 22:17 we receive the last of God’s invitations: “ And the Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’ and let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.” Did you catch it? To whom does the Spirit and the bride give the invitation to come and drink of the fountain of eternal life? Whoever desires.
In other words, all are invited, if they desire to drink of the fountain of eternal life.
The heavenly Father tells us in scripture that salvation is by grace and not works and that anyone can be saved by believing that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. This is God’s gift to us; all we have to do is accept it. Your name is on the list.
You are included in the term “whoever” when the Spirit says, “whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.” YOU have been given the invitation! Here are a few additional scriptures for your edification: Matthew 7:8; John 3:16; John 7:37, John 1:12; John 20:31.