As I read through the book of Mark prayerfully, what stands out in chapter 3 is the simple command — Come here! Jesus sees a man with a withered hand in the synagogue. The Pharisees were watching — would he heal this man “illegally” on the Sabbath? Maybe they planted this man there, for that express purpose, who knows? In any case, Jesus doesn’t hesitate. He tells the man to come, stretch out his hand and be restored to health. He reprimands the Pharisees, letting them know that this sort of thing is exactly what the Sabbath is for — to do good, to save lives.
Jesus continues throughout the gospel to tell people to come, and not just for physical health. Coming will bring health to our souls as well. In Matthew He says,
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28a
And in John:
“I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” John 6:35
So, why are we (I should say I), so reluctant to come? We try to solve our problems on our own; we think we can satisfy our longings with the things we can achieve or purchase; we take on burdens that are not meant to be ours. In other words, we make ourselves into gods, and that doesn’t work out well for us. We’re not in control of the world, He is.
The invitation is still out there. We don’t have to save ourselves. We just have to come to the One who already did the work. He will save us; He will heal us: He will feed us; He will satisfy our souls. Lay your burdens down and follow His command: “Come here!”
“The Spirit and the bride say, ‘come.’ And let the one who is thirsty, come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.” Revelation 22:17