Jesus only had hard words for those who had hard words…whose hearts were harder to till than a field of clay…whose work was to add burdens to souls looking for rest.
There are people today who are lonely, who are in search of friends. There is the man who is worried and the woman who doubts. Jesus was the rabbi people like this followed because he promised that if they came to him he would give them rest. He was unlike the other teachers whose commentary created lists to keep.
Jesus only has one thing on his list: “Come to me.” He only has one burden on his heart: rest.