Our scripture this week is Matthew 11:25-30.
At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do. All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
In this week’s scripture lesson, we hear Jesus explain the connection between Himself and God – “No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son” (v. 27). I’m sure the disciples said “wait, we know you, Lord and we know God”, wanting to justify their relationship. Jesus continues with “and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him”, assuring them that they will have their own personal relationship with both Him and God.
We can never fully understand the bond between Jesus and the Father in heaven. It is enough for us to have our own connection and to know the love that is shared for the good of all creation. Once we have accepted that relationship, we have more to learn and do.
Jesus also calls us to “take His yoke”, the challenge of sharing God’s truth and proclaiming the coming of His kingdom. This is the responsibility laid on those who call themselves His followers. We are all part of the effort to bring the world to Him.
Loving Lord, we are humbled by being chosen to work for Your kingdom. Strengthen us and make us effective advocates who care for Your people everywhere. Amen.