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.”
Do come to love this passage with me. Jesus is communicating his oneness and his love for the Father. The Father has given all things to the Son and the Father knows the Son uniquely. But then notice the words of Jesus when he says that those to whom the Father reveals the Son will also know the Son. God reveals the Son to whom He will. We are thankful today that God has revealed the Son to us. God is a self-revealing God, that is, the God of heaven and earth does not play hide-and-seek making us jump through hoops to know Him. God revealed the Son to us so that we could know both the Father and the Son.
As if that were not enough by itself, Jesus then turns to the crowd and cries out these wonderful words, “Come unto me all who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” When it comes to the God of heaven who has revealed Himself to us through his word, he calls us to himself. God wants us to come to him! Every religion in the world has a series of works that have to be done so that those who do them “might” get to their god. The God of heaven has given us a clear way to come to Him and it is through his Son, the Lord Jesus who called us all to himself. It cannot get any clearer than, “Come unto me…and I will give you rest.”
Earlier this week, a friend from our Oak Forest Baptist Temple days went to be with the Lord. Rich Wojtas came to Christ about 35 years ago after I preached a message on the sacrifice of Cain and Abel with a parallel to the sacrifice of Christ. It is strange that I remember that so clearly but I was thrilled that day when God used a simple message from his word to bring salvation to a thirsty soul. As Jesus called someone to come to Him for rest, Rich answered, came to Christ and found rest. Today, our friend is resting in the presence of his Lord and Savior of 35 years.
What about you? Are you resting in Jesus today or are you still striving to gain a god’s approval? Place your faith in the completed work of Jesus Christ, come to Him and find the peace that only He can provide. The burden of sin is heavy; the burden of grace is light. Join us who have found refuge in the blood of Christ, come to Jesus, He is calling.
Mom’s cochlear implant went well yesterday. She is home and feels pretty good. The pain meds are effective and she rested well last night. It takes a month of healing before the audiologist will turn on the device. Mom is anxious for the day when she can hear again.
Pray for a friend named Natalie. She is facing some very real difficulties that are effecting her health and well-being. I hope to meet with her soon.
Pray for a friend named Ed who has struggled for years with his addictions. He wrote me two words, “help me.”
I won’t be able to write a devotional tomorrow as we are going up to Victory for Laura’s wedding to Titus Carpenter. Pray for Laura and Titus as they begin their life together this Saturday. I will be officiating the wedding. Both dads are pastors but would rather someone else officiate this wedding. I am honored to do so.
Have a great day in the Lord,