25 At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes.
26 Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight.
27 All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.
28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 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.
30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
answered (v.25) — a Hebrew way to say “began speaking” or “continues speaking” — in response to His rejection in verses 16-24
rest for your souls (v.29) — Jeremiah 6:16
easy (v.30) = good, kind
My burden (v.30) — in contrast with that of the Pharisees (Matthew 23:4)
The Pharisees considered themselves to be wise and learned because they were students of the Scriptures. They deemed themselves to be rightly related to God. They rejected Christ’s words to them. Christ said the Father had revealed the truths that He had preached to those, who like little children, accepted His word and put their faith in Him (Matthew 11:25). No man can know the Father except through the Son. Christ had come to reveal the Father (John 1:18). If men will not accept His revelation, there can be no knowledge of the Father. So Jesus declared, “No one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him” (Matthew 11:27). It is evident that Jesus would reveal the Father to any who accepted His word.
In contrast to the burdensome yoke of the Pharisees, those who took Christ’s yoke and learned of Him would find that submission to Him was easy and that the burden He imposed was light. This was true because of the nature of the One to whom they were joining themselves and of whom they were learning, for He was gentle and humble, or submissive. And He who experienced peace from trusting God imparted that peace to those who trusted Him. — Pentecost, pages 201, 201.
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