25 At that time Jesus responded, “I confess to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and introduced them to infants;
26 yes, Father, for it was your good pleasure to do this.
27 All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one gets to know the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to introduce him.
28 Come to me, all who work hard and carry a heavy load, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, because I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
30 Because my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” _________________________________________
infants and idiots
Jesus is still reeling from a mass rejection of him and his message that is taking place in the Galilean region. He thinks about all those souls who had a taste of his coming kingdom through his ministry, and that of his twelve apostles. He thankfully confesses that those who did come to know the Father were drawn by the Father’s love. He is grateful for being the mediator who brought the Father into the lives of those orphaned infants.
As mediator, he then calls on all to come to him, learn from him, taking on his yoke. The world is filled with people doing hard work, and carrying a heavy load – a load too heavy for them to bear. Jesus offers the lighter option, the easier yoke. It is still work to learn from Jesus the ways of his coming kingdom and put those ways into practice in one’s life. But it is far harder to try to get to God on one’s own. That is the way of the idiot – the way of the rejecting cities. That way leads to disaster and destruction. Jesus is the only way to the Father and the eternal life he promises.
JESUS, we accept your yoke. Teach us your way – the only way to your Father. Give us rest from the idiotic path of “I can handle this.”