Jesus said an amazing thing in Matthew 11:28-30. “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
The Message Version renders it this way. “”Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
I was really struck by His comment and my lack of follow through. Learn from Me!
If we want to know more about God our heavenly Father we need to simply come to Jesus and learn from Him. Jesus “who exists at the very heart of the Father, has made Him plan as day” (John 1:18 The Message).
When Jesus says, “In My Father’s house are many mansions” (John 14:2), count on it. He knows. He has walked in them.
When Jesus says, :You are worth more than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:31), trust Him. Jesus knows. He knows the value of every creature.
When Christ declares, “Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him” (Matthew 6:8), believe it. After all, “He was in the beginning with God” (John 1:2).
Jesus claims to be, not a top theologian, an accomplished theologian, or even the Supreme Theologian, but rather the Only Theologian. “No one truly knows the Father except the Son.” He does not say, “No one truly knows the Father like the Son” or “in the fashion of the Son.” But rather, “No one truly knows the Father except the Son.”
Heaven’s door has one key, and Jesus holds it. Think of it this way. You are a fifth grader studying astronomy. The day you read about the first mission to the moon you and your classmates pepper the teacher with space-travel questions.
“What does moon dust feel like?”
“Can you swallow when there’s no gravity?”
“What about going to the bathroom?”
The teacher does the best she can but prefaces most replies with “I would guess ….” Or “I think …” Or “Perhaps…”
How could she know? She has never been there. But the next day she brings a guest who has. Buzz Aldrin enters the room. Yes, the astronaut who left footprints on the surface of the moon.
“Now ask your questions,” the teacher invites. And Aldrin answers each with certainty. He knows the moon; he’s walked on it. No speculation or hesitation. He speaks with conviction.
So did Jesus. “He was teaching them as one who had authority” (Matthew 7:29). Jesus knows the dimensions of God’s throne room, the fragrance of its incense, the favourite songs of the unceasing choir. He has a unique, one-of-a-kind, unrivalled knowledge of God and wants to share His knowledge with you. “No one truly knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him” (Matthew 11:27 NLT).
Jesus doesn’t boast about His knowledge; He shares it. He doesn’t gloat; He gives. He doesn’t revel; He reveals. He reveals to us the secrets of eternity.
And He shares them, not just with with top brass or purebred, but with the hungry and needy. In the very next line Jesus invites: “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you. Let Me teach you, because I am humble and gentle of heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
Do yourself a favour. Find the brightest highlighter manufactures and the darkest ink produced. Underscore, underline,, and accept the invitation: “Let Me teach you…”