Saturday, 7 September 2013

Matthew 11:20-30 - Repent, be simple, rest

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Jesus now turns to the results of unrepentance in Matthew 11:20-24. The towns he criticises, Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum have all vanished whereas many others (for example Nazareth or Tiberias) remain thriving places to this day. Capernaum and Chorazin lie in ruins; there is not complete agreement about where Bethsaida is located (though it was in the area where the Jordan runs into the Sea of Galilee).

Then he speaks about the simple approach needed for revelation and how too much learning makes it hard. He shows how knowledge of the Father depends on the Son revealing him. And he says that he will provide rest for the weary (Matthew 11:25-30).

And once again we can consider all this in terms of our own calling to represent Jesus to the world. We must come in simplicity to receive the truth about the Father and come to know him as Jesus does. And like the Son we must reach the weary and burdened with the wonderful news that Jesus is gentle and humble and provides rest. And we have the joy and privilege of demonstrating his gentleness and humility in our own lives, and becoming a blessing to the weary in whatever ways we can.

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