“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, 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.”
– Matthew 11:28-30 (Jesus speaking; all caps is quotation of Jeremiah 6:16)
This passage is actually the continuation of the passage we read yesterday. There is no break in the words – as Jesus was speaking yesterday, He continues speaking today. In that regard, notice that Jesus says “Come to Me” – not “Go to the Father.” And we know that the reason for this is found in what Jesus said in yesterday’s portion of the entire passage: “All things have been handed over to Me by My Father.”
This is confirmed by a passage we have read before:
God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world.
– Hebrews 1:1-2 (emphasis added)
An “heir” is the one to whom things are “handed over.”
For this reason, Jesus also said:
“For not even the Father judges anyone, but He has given all judgment to the Son, so that all will honor the Son even as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.”
– John 5:22-23 (emphasis added)
Isaiah had similarly prophesied of the Messiah:
“So they will hang on him all the glory of his father’s house…”
– Isaiah 22:24 (emphasis added)
For these reasons, Jesus can make and keep the wonderful promises we see in the remainder of this passage – including an end to the restlessness of our souls.
Because of all this, Matthew could quote Isaiah in the following way (a passage we have seen before):
“BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD AND SHALL BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL,” which translated means, “GOD WITH US.”
– Matthew 1:23
Truly, God is with us in Jesus Christ – this being the human identity He assumed to experience life as we do, being subject to temptation but never giving in to sin, and to rise from the dead in order to reassume His throne.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord Jesus, I worship You…(this is where you remain quiet to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.
(All scriptures, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the NASB.)