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.”

Jesus speaks of the teaching method He uses as being part of God’s plan. It is a gentle way of relating to people, encouraging them to think about the lesson for themselves, using everyday items and situations to show them how we should live. It is very different from the scholarly speeches and heavy-handed control practiced by the religious and civic leaders.

Those in power often spoke in confusing and sometimes harsh ways, using the confusion and fear their words created to maintain control. They were not above lying when it suited their purpose. Jesus comes to invite the people to connect more closely with God and share that truth and love with others.

The parables Jesus taught us are easy to remember, and we are then able to apply them to the situations we face in our lives. Perhaps we no longer practice some of the things Jesus used as examples, but the value of the story is still there to guide us even today. I encourage you to remember a parable you have heard and go look up that passage in scripture, that you may again be blessed by His simple and loving teachings.

Gracious God, we are grateful that Jesus came to love and teach us. Help us to better understand and follow the way You call us to go. Amen.

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