Commentary on matthew 11 and 12
“Come to me all ye who labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart and ye will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Vrs 28-30
Each time I feel the weight of the world on my shoulders, I reminisce this particular scripture. This was Christ’s first open invitation to the World. It’s a beautiful invitation. It just gives me peace each time I read it. He was eagerly reaching to relieve man from not only their burdens and yokes, but also that of the works of the Law.
The Law was indeed very hard to fulfil so indirectly He was asking them to try His own yoke (believing in Him) which was lighter and easier and this meant ‘follow me’.
If Jesus was to say this same statement to this generation, He’d probably say something like this;
“Try me, all of you who work so hard to fulfil religious practices. I won’t place pressure on you like religion would. The things I require of you are not pressurising like the Law. There is rest in me if you would just follow me and trust me.
Learn how to be like me. I’m gentle and humble and easy to relate with. I’m not judgemental or fault finding. I’ll rather have mercy on you than judge you any day.”
Thankfully, He is the same yesterday, today and forever, still reaching out to souls to come to Him and follow Him. Jesus said something that struck me. He said;
“. . . Learn of me for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your soul. AMP”
Jesus was asking us to learn to be like Him, who is gentle and humble and then, we will find rest for our souls. Could this mean that, most times than not, the reason for unrest in our lives is because of our aggression, pride, arrogance, stubbornness, strong-headedness, and fault-finding? Are we always judging, criticising and find faults in others? Truth is, if we are hard, critical and if we constantly judge others, we will end up living unhappy lives. Most people are so unhappy because they are hard and constantly point accusing fingers at others. There is absolutely no way, you will continue to point accusing fingers without first being judged by people and secondly, by yourself. Yes! You will judge yourself. Paul said He doesn’t even judge himself. How much more another man? You will always find fault in yourself if you continue to find/point out the faults in others. Here are my words.
Let’s go back to His word and learn from Him for He is gentle and humble and we will most certainly find rest for our souls. His commandments are not grievous. His yoke (His requirement of you) is not burdensome. They are light and easy to be borne. Just believe in Him.
And whosoever shall do the will of my father, which is in heaven, the same is my brother, sister and mother. Vrs 50
Ok, your guess is as good as mine. This ‘will of my father’ word spoken by Jesus is serious business. In the above verse, in essence He was trying to say, that whoever does the will of my father is related, has a connection with me. We read in previous chapters where Jesus said that only those that do the will of His father will enter the kingdom of heaven. We should know God’s will for us collectively as Christians and singularly as individually.
Jesus was really serious about christians, accomplishing God’s will for their lives. God’s will for Jesus was that He die for mankind and reconcile us back to Him. Now I throw the question back at us, what is God’s will for Your life?
Asides this, in the New testament books, God’s will for all Christians generally was stated.
1) Thessalonians 4:3-7 [NLT]
God’s will is for you to be holy, so stay away from all sexual sin. Then each of you will control his own body and live in holiness and honor, not in lustful passion like the pagans who do not know God and his ways. Never harm or cheat a Christian brother in this matter by violating his wife, for the Lord avenges all such sins, as we have solemnly warned you before. God has called us to live holy lives, not impure lives.
2) 1 Thessalonians 5:18. [NKJV]
Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
3) 1 Peter 2:15-16 [NLT]
It is God’s will that your honorable lives should silence those ignorant people who make foolish accusations against you.
For you are free, yet you are God’s slaves, so don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do evil.
4) Ephesians 5: 18-21 [NKJV]
Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of God.
5)Ephesians 6:6-7 [AMP]
Not in the way of eye-service [as if they were watching you] and only to please men, but as servants (slaves) of Christ, doing the will of God heartily and with your whole soul; Rendering service readily with good will, as to the Lord and not to men.
Now this is the Father’s will!
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