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February 14, 2015
Matthew 11:20-30 is so full of Jesus – what Jesus does, who Jesus is and what Jesus wants for all of us.
In the first few verses of this passage, Jesus rebukes the people in several cities for not repenting. John the Baptist had proclaimed to these people who Jesus was. Jesus had performed miracles among them, and they were glad He did. They listened to all He said, yet they remained hard-hearted and stubborn and refused to make a change in their lives.
In Matthew 11:25-27, we see Jesus revealed. Jesus addresses God as Father, showing an intimate and personal relationship between them (Matt. 11:25). He also refers to God as a sovereign Lord, as “Lord of heaven and earth” (Matt. 11:25). And then, in Matthew 11:27, Jesus tells us who He is. If there had been any question among the people before, it was now answered.
Jesus tells us that only He truly knows God (the Father) and only the Father knows Him (the Son). Jesus came down to earth to reveal the Father. All the miracles, the teaching, the conversations were to reveal God to us.
In part of chapter 11, Jesus had told the people of the judgment that would come to them then they didn’t repent.
Here in Matthew 11:27-30, we see Him tell them how to accept His offer of forgiveness and not be judged, but rather find spiritual rest with Him. Verse 28 looks different to us now. The people of Jesus’ day were burdened with having to live by the law. Everything they did was held to that scrutiny.
In Matthew 11:28, Jesus says, “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Jesus is saying, “Come to Me. I can take that burden from you. You don’t have to live by the law any longer!”
So many people turned from Him and didn’t accept His free gift, but oh, those that did – they found themselves with a lighter burden and spiritual rest!