- From prison, John the Baptist hears about Jesus’ ministry, and sends followers to ask if Jesus is the One they have been waiting for. Jesus’ reply points to all the things that have happened in His ministry – the blind see, the lame walk, those with leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor.
- As John’s followers are leaving, Jesus begins to speak to the crowd about John the Baptist. He points out that they did not go out to the desert to see a man of high stature/finely dressed like a king, rather they went to see/hear a prophet.
- From an earthly point of view, there is no one greater than John the Baptist, but in the paradigm of the kingdom of heaven, the least are greater that John.
- The kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing and it takes people with initiative to jump on board with what God is doing. Because everything in time (the Law and Prophets) have been leading up to and pointing forward to the time of John the Baptist, the Elijah before the Messiah.
- But the people of Jesus’ generation are a wishy-washy people, expecting other’s to follow their expectations and looking for faults to point out. For John neither ate nor drank and people claimed he had a demon, and yet Jesus came eating and drinking and they claimed He was a glutton, drunkard, and a friend of tax collectors and sinners.
- Wisdom is proved right by her actions.
- Jesus then talks about 3 cities that will be judged because of their unbelief, Korazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum. It is interesting to note that Capernaum, where Jesus set up His home base, saw a huge amount of recorded miracles, but the majority of people did not believe to the point that Jesus said it will be better for the people of Sodom on the day of judgment than it will be for Capernaum.
- After saying His woes to the cities, Jesus turns and praises God for hiding some of the truths of the Kingdom from the wise and learned, but instead revealing them to “little children”
- No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those the Son allows to reveal Him to. Therefore, if we want to know the Father, we have to be close to Jesus. When Jesus reveals more about the Father to use we also have a deeper understanding of Jesus.
- Jesus then calls out to all who are weary and burdened to come find rest, for He is gentle and humble in heart. This gentle, humble Teacher has an easy yoke and light burden to carry that is not based on performance and laws, but on grace and faithful obedience.
I wonder how many people resonated with Jesus’ words, “come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest”. And I wonder how many times Jesus looks and me and says the same words. It seems like every week I have so much going on that I fail to take the time to simply come to Jesus and rest. It is a time that He calls me to and I refuse to accept the invitation because I have things that apparently I believe are a higher priority. Today, I need to spend a little extra time resting in Jesus’ presence, letting Him teach me in those quiet moments.
Lord Jesus, I know you are gentle and humble of heart. I know your yoke is easy and your burden is light. I know you desire to teach me and give me rest. Yet I refuse to make you a priority, I refuse to pull away from my agenda and come and rest with you. Not just today, but for the future, would you help me to fight my desire to be in control and get things done so I might find rest with you? Thank you Jesus. It’s in your name I pray. Amen.
Posted on Wed, September 2, 2015
by Brian Landers