THEME: Jesus will bear your burdens.
OBJECTS: Several items that are not too heavy - such as a brick or a ten pound dumbbell and an automobile jack.
SCRIPTURE: "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11: 28 [NIV]
How strong are you? Do you think you are pretty strong? How many of you think you could pick up this brick? How about a dumbbell like this one? Well, you must be pretty strong then. How many of you think you could pick up a car? Oh, you don't think you could pick up a car? Well, I think you could if you had some help. Here is something that would help you. It is an automobile jack. If you put this jack underneath the car and pump the handle, you can easily lift a car that weighs over 3,000 pounds! Yes, with the help of a jack, you can lift a car, but you couldn't do it alone, could you?
Some of you have some pretty heavy burdens to carry in life. Perhaps you have a physical handicap that makes your life difficult. Or, perhaps your father has lost his job and your family is having financial difficulties. Maybe someone in your family has cancer or some other serious illness. I don't know what the burdens are that you have in your life, but I do know that there are some that you just can't carry by yourself. Well, guess what? You don't have to! Jesus said, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest." There is no reason for you to struggle with burdens that are too heavy for you. If you will turn to Jesus, he will help you carry your burdens. And there is no burden too heavy for Jesus.
One of my favorite songs says, "When I fall down, he picks me up. When I am dry, he fills my cup. He is my all in all." He will be your "all in all" too if you will ask him.
Dear Jesus, we are thankful that when we stumble and fall under the load of life's burdens, you are there to pick us up. Amen.