Archive for May 22nd, 2017

Matthew 11

Matthew 11 has Jesus speaking about the one who was sent to prepare the way for Him. John the Baptist was put in prison, and he hears about Jesus.  So he sends and asks “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another”?  John knew his job was to prepare the way for the Messiah.  And he senses that Jesus is that One, but sends to find out.  Jesus answered “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them”.

Not a bad resume to show that Jesus was indeed the Son of God and the Messiah.  John understands that He is the Christ.  The religious leaders didn’t however.  They accused both John and Jesus of not being worth following.  “For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He has a demon. The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!”  They accuse John of one thing, and then Jesus of the exact opposite.  The religious leaders were threatened by both, and want to discredit them before their following gets any larger.

Jesus cries out against some of the towns He has visited and did signs and wonders in.  He transformed the lives of many people, yet these cities refused to repent and get right with God.  They saw it with their own eyes but were unwilling to let go of their sinful ways and be redeemed.  That’s the reality each one of us faces.  We’re sinners, we’re headed for eternal separation from God unless we repent and believe in this same Jesus Christ that walked in Capernaum, Chorazin and Bethsaida and did amazing things.  He is still in the miracle business today.  We have to make the choice of what we’ll do with Jesus.

Jesus ends His discourse by reminding us that He is the source of relief.  “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”.  When times get difficult, we tend to try harder and deal with it on our own.  Jesus encourages us to run to Him when we are struggling. He is the source of life.  He will carry our burdens and give us rest.  Jesus is our Savior as well as being our Lord!

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