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Come to me
Bible Passage Matthew 11: 25- 30
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2024 & books Acts, Matthew.

Come to me

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached February 7, 2024

25 At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from wise and intelligent people and have revealed them to infants.

26 Yes, Father, because this is what was pleasing to you.

27 All things have been entrusted to me by my Father. No one fully knows the Son except the Father, and no one fully knows the Father except the Son and the person to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

28 “Come to me, all of you who are weary and loaded down with burdens, and I will give you rest.

29 Place my yoke on you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble, and you will find rest for your souls,

30 because my yoke is pleasant, and my burden is light.”

The people who taught God’s Law did not believe Jesus’ message. The people who thought that they were wise did not believe His message. They were those who thought themselves wise – “wise” according to the world’s estimation of wisdom, 1 Cor 1:26-27. By the wise and prudent here Jesus had reference probably to the proud and haughty scribes and Pharisees in Capernaum. They rejected His gospel, but it was the pleasure of God to reveal it to obscure and more humble people. The reason given, the only satisfactory reason, is that it so seemed good in the sight of God.

Humble people knew that Jesus spoke the truth. They were like little children. Some people are proud that they know a lot about God. But they do not understand Him.

Very few of the privileged and learned classes turned to Jesus, as they felt comfortably secure and satisfied with their achievements in life. But many who felt helpless turned to Jesus to satisfy their deepest needs, and through Him came into a new relationship with God. They found true refreshment in learning from Jesus and obeying His teachings. In submitting to His lordship they found true life.

To invite people to come to Him, the Saviour here, perhaps, refers primarily to the Jews, who groaned under the weight of their ceremonial laws and the traditions of the elders, Acts 15:10. He tells them that by coming to Him, and embracing the new system and teaching, they would be freed from these burdensome rites and ceremonies. There can be no doubt, however, that Jesus meant here chiefly to address the poor, lost, ruined sinner: the man “burdened” with a consciousness of his transgressions, trembling at his danger, and seeking deliverance. For such there is relief. Hallelujah!

Christ tells them to come to Him, to believe in Him, and to trust Him, and Him only, for salvation. Doing this, He will give them rest – rest from their sins, from the alarms of conscience, from the terrors of the law, and the fears of eternal death.

A yoke is a special piece of wood. The farmer puts one on the neck of his oxen when they work for him. Jesus had worked with wood. So he knew how to make good yokes 😀. They fitted well, and they did not make the animal’s neck sore. The Jews used the word ‘yoke’ as picture language. They were talking about how they must obey the law. Peter spoke about the ‘yoke’ that the Jews had found difficult (Acts 15:10). In these verses, Jesus was referring to His own and their experience as Jews. He invited people to follow Him. They would find that their life with Jesus was ‘easy’.

It is ‘easy’ because Jesus cares about His disciples. They would find that His load is light. It is ‘light’ because a disciple follows the example of Jesus. A disciple does not need to obey hundreds of rules. Jesus is gentle and he is humble. He allows people to be free.

🔷 Christ Jesus has control over all things for the good of His church and all believers

🔷 No human being fully understands the character of God and His grace upon humankind

🔷 The haughty and the proud will not experience the full blessings of God until they lean on Jesus completely and rely on Him

💥 Pray that your sins are forgiven
💥 Commit your burdens to God

All our burdens- our sins, troubles, and our failures, when handed over to God will become less burdensome and easy for us to carry. Once Christ is part of the entire plan, we shall swim in His plan for success and victory.

In series Bright Morning Reflections