Matthew 11:25-30

Sunday, December 18th, 2016

JESUS’ MESSAGE OF PERSONAL DISCIPLESHIP

INTRODUCTION: 

 

So far in Matthew, we have seen the introduction of the King (1:1 - 4:11), which included His genealogy (1:1-17), His conception and birth (1:18-25), His visit by the wise men (2:1-12), His flight into Egypt and His return from Egypt (2:13-23), His forerunner, John the Baptist (3:1-12), His baptism (3:13-17), and His temptation (4:1-11).

 

We have also seen the demands of the King which included the narrative about Jesus (4:12-25) and the Sermon on the Mount (5:1 - 7:27) followed by the concluding statement, And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine (7:28).

 

In addition, we have seen the deeds of the King which included the narrative about Jesus (8:1 - 9:38) and the commission of the twelve (10:1-42) followed by the concluding statement, And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed thence (11:1).

 

In this message we are continuing to study the program of the King (11:2 - 13:53) which includes a narrative about Jesus (11:2 - 12:50) and a discourse by Jesus on the parables of the kingdom (13:1-52) followed by the concluding statement, And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed thence (13:53).

 

The narrative about Jesus in the program of the King includes His eulogy of John the Baptist, His upbraiding of Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum, His new message of personal discipleship, His Lordship over the Sabbath, His healing on the Sabbath of a man with a withered hand, His healing of the multitudes, His healing of a blind and dumb demoniac and the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, His statement of the sign of the Prophet Jonah, His statement of the sign of the Queen of the South, His statement of the worthlessness of self-reformation, and His statement of new relationships.

 

In chapter 11, we have already seen –

      1.   John the Baptist’s question for Jesus – 11:2-3

 

We have also already seen –

      2.   Jesus’ answer for John the Baptist – 11:4-6

 

In addition, we have already seen –

      3.   Jesus’ praise of John the Baptist and his ministry – 11:7-15

 

Furthermore, we have already seen –

      4.   The fickleness of the people – 11:16-19

 

Finally, we have already seen –

      5.   Jesus’ upbraiding of Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum – 11:20-24

As we move on we see –

Jesus’ new message of personal discipleship – 11:25-30

 

Jesus thanks His Father because the spiritual truths He has stated have been hidden from those who consider themselves to be spiritually wise but have been made known to little children who make no claim to spiritual wisdom. Jesus then indicates that it pleased God the Father to do things in this way. In addition, God the Father has entrusted everything to Jesus; and no one truly knows Jesus except the God the Father. Furthermore, no one truly knows the Father except Jesus and those to whom Jesus reveals the Father. Jesus promises to give rest to all who are weary and burdened down if they will come to Him. He invites them to submit themselves to Him and learn from Him. He is gentle and humble, and they will find rest for their souls; and the demands He places on His followers are light in comparison to what they have been carrying and to what the Pharisees have been demanding.

We see that –

    I.     GOD THE FATHER IS THE ABSOLUTE MASTER OF HEAVEN AND EARTH – 11:25A

 

Matthew 11:25 a – At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth. . . .

 

At that time suggests at the time that Jesus pronounced these woes on Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum.

 

Jesus answered and said introduces a thank you Jesus addressed to God the Father.

 

I thank thee is I (i.e. Jesus) am praising You (i.e. God the Father).

 

God is addressed as O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, which indicates that God the Father is the absolute Sovereign or Master of heaven and of the earth.

 

It also distinguishes Jesus from God the Father.

 

It furthermore indicates that everything in heaven and in the earth is under God the Father’s dominion and authority.

We also see that –

  II.     GOD THE FATHER HAS HIDDEN SPIRITUAL TRUTHS FROM THOSE WHO REGARD THEMSELVES AS SPIRITUALLY WISE – 11:25B

 

Matthew 11:25 b – . . . Because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent. . . .

 

This is the reason Jesus is praising God the Father.

 

Thou hast hid these things is You (God the Father) have hidden these things, and it has been translated in a way which emphasizes the result of its action.

 

From the wise and prudent indicates the people from whom God the Father has hidden spiritual truths.

 

The inhabitants of Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum had great opportunity to believe the truth about Jesus but rejected the spiritual light available to them.

 

As a result God withdrew the light they had so that they were no longer able to perceive these spiritual truths about Jesus.

 

The wise are wise ones, i.e. the ones who are wise in their own eyes or who are wise according to the world’s standards.

 

The prudent means basically the same thing as the wise. It is the intelligent, the sagacious, or the wise.

 

Again, they are wise in their own eyes or in accordance with the standards of the world, but they are not spiritually wise. They were the intelligentsia of the day.

We furthermore see that –

 III.     GOD THE FATHER HAS REVEALED SPIRITUAL TRUTHS TO BABES – 11:25C

 

Matthew 11:25 c – . . . And hast revealed them unto babes.

 

This suggests but revealed them (i.e. disclosed them or made them fully known) to child-like (or to innocent) ones. They are not part of the intelligentsia.

In addition, we see that –

 IV.     IT PLEASED GOD THE FATHER TO HIDE SPIRITUAL TRUTHS FROM THOSE WHO REGARD THEMSELVES AS SPIRITUALLY WISE AND TO REVEAL THEM TO THOSE WHO MAKE NO CLAIM TO SPIRITUAL WISDOM – 11:26

 

Matthew 11:26 Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.

 

In verse 25 Jesus indicates that it pleased God the Father to do things in this way.

 

Even so is yes or yes indeed.

 

Again, Jesus addresses God as Father.

 

And once again, for is the word ordinarily translated because and is to be understood in this sense in this verse.

 

So is thus and refers to God the Father’s concealing spiritual truth from the wise and prudent and revealing it to those with child-like faith.

 

It seemed good is it was pleasing in Your sight.

Moreover, we see that –

   V.     GOD THE FATHER HAS ENTRUSTED EVERYTHING TO JESUS – 11:27A

 

Matthew 11:27 a – All things are delivered unto me of my Father. . . .

 

This means that all things were handed over (i.e. entrusted or given over) to Jesus by God the Father.

 

Are delivered has been translated in a way which emphasizes the result of its action. It indicates that they are, therefore, under Jesus’ control at the present time.

 

Of my Father is by My Father, i.e. by God the Father.

       

We also see that –

 VI.     NO ONE TRULY KNOWS JESUS EXCEPT GOD THE FATHER – 11:27B

 

Matthew 11:27 b – . . . And no man knoweth the Son, but the Father. . . .

 

And no man knoweth the Son, but the Father is and no one has a thorough (or complete) knowledge of the Son, except the Father. Only God the Father has a complete knowledge of Christ, i.e. of God the Son.

We furthermore see that –

VII.     NO ONE TRULY KNOWS GOD THE FATHER EXCEPT JESUS AND THOSE TO WHOM JESUS REVEALS HIM – 11:27C

 

Matthew 11:27 c – . . . Neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.

 

Neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son means that no one completely (or thoroughly) knows God the Father except God the Son.

 

And he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him indicates that those whom God the Son (i.e. Christ) wills to reveal God the Father will also know God the Father.

 

The next verse makes it clear that Jesus invites all people to come to Him by believing the gospel message, and it is to those who believe the Gospel that Jesus wills to reveal God the Father.

 

It furthermore implies that people like those in Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum who rejected the truth about Jesus will never get to know God the Father.

 

It should be remembered that God the Father as well as Christ are incomprehensible, which means that believers will never be able to fully comprehend or understand God.

 

Believers, however, are commanded to grow in grace, and (in) the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ (II Peter 3:18 ). This is done through the continual study of the Scriptures.

 

As they grow in the knowledge of Christ, believers also grow in the knowledge of God the Father; but they will never know God the Father or Christ as thoroughly or completely as God the Father and Christ know each other.

In addition, we see that –

VIII.   JESUS PROMISES REST TO ALL WHO COME TO HIM – 11:28

 

Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

 

In verse 28 Jesus promises rest to all who are weary and burdened down on the condition that they come to Him.

 

Come unto me is come to me.

 

Jesus is inviting all ye that labour and are heavy laden to come to Him, promising them and I will give you rest.

 

Come suggests come here.

 

Unto me is to Me, i.e. to Christ.

 

All ye that labour is all the ones who are weary (or all the ones who are tired); whereas, and are heavy laden is and have been burdened (or have been loaded down).

 

The tense of labour indicates ongoing action and suggests something which is continually going on; whereas, the tense of are heavy leaden indicates an action completed in the past whose result has continued on.

 

Are heavy laden has been translated in a way which emphasizes its existing result.

 

Come unto me, all (ye) that labour and are heavy laden is equivalent to the condition if all you who are weary and have been burdened will come to Me.

 

And I will give you rest is a promise or commitment Jesus makes to all who are weary and loaded down.

 

I is Jesus and is emphatic.

 

Will give you rest is predictive of something which will definitely happen in the future.

 

It is I will cause you to rest or I will refresh you. It is a commitment to everyone who will come to Him and means the same thing that John 6:37 means: him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

Moreover, we see that –

 IX.     JESUS INVITES THEM TO SUBMIT THEMSELVES TO HIM AND LEARN FROM HIM – 11:29

 

Matthew 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

 

Jesus invites people to submit themselves to Him and learn from Him.

 

He is gentle and humble, and they will find rest for their souls.

 

Take my yoke upon you suggests take up (or take along) My yoke upon you and implies that believers are to surrender their lives completely to Jesus as Paul wrote in Romans 12:1 ,

 

Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

 

And learn of me is and learn from Me. Jesus will teach many things to believers.

 

Take my yoke upon you and learn of me is equivalent to the condition if you will take My yoke upon you and learn of Me.

 

Again, for is the word ordinarily translated because and is used in this sense in this verse.

 

In contrast to the Pharisees who treated people in a harsh manner, Jesus says, I am meek and lowly in heart.

 

Meek suggests gentle, humble, or considerate and demonstrates an absence of self.

 

And lowly in heart is humble in heart.

 

And ye shall find rest unto your souls suggests and you will find rest for your souls.

 

The tense and mood of ye shall find indicates that this is something which will definitely happen in the future.

 

Rest suggests relief from your being weary and weighed down in verse 28.

 

For your souls suggests for your very beings, in your hearts, or deep within yourselves. Those who come to Jesus will no longer be burdened with sin and its consequences.

Finally, we see that –

   X.     THE DEMANDS JESUS PLACES ON HIS FOLLOWERS ARE LIGHT – 11:30

 

Matthew 11:30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

 

According to verse 30, the demands Jesus places on His followers are light in comparison to what they have been carrying and light in comparison to what the Pharisees have been demanding.

 

For introduces an explanation of why those who take Christ’s yoke upon themselves will find rest or relief for their souls.

 

My yoke (i.e. Christ’s yoke) refers to Christ’s demands on those who are submissive to Him.

 

He is not a hard taskmaster.

 

Is easy suggests (is) easy to wear.

 

It is not hard on the individual believer.

 

This is in contrast to the yoke the Pharisees would place on their followers.

 

Speaking of the Pharisees, Jesus said,

 

Matthew 23:4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.

 

And my burden is light implies that the load Christ places on believers is easy or insignificant in comparison to the demands of the Pharisees.

 

Serving Jesus is not a burden; it is a privilege.

CONCLUSION:

 

Have you come to Jesus for salvation?

 

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

 

Have you surrendered your life completely to God?

 

Romans 12:1-21 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

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