Matthew Chapter Eleven part 8, A study of Matthew 11:25 & 26, Matthew 11:27 and Matthew 11:28 - 30 with our Common Man's Commentary

Matthew 11:25 & 26

"At that time Jesus said, 'I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.'" NIV translation

Jesus praises the father in heaven with a recognition of His wisdom and right to do whatever He sees fit. In the father's wisdom, the gospel was given to the humble where it would be accepted. This is a reminder of the fact that it is only through the will and power of God that we can see and accept the grace that is offered.

Matthew 11:27

"'All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.'" NIV translation

Here, we see the fact that Jesus is the Son of God emphasized and, as the Son, He has the same wisdom and authority.

This is the greatest stumbling block to people in the world today as the majority of the population of the earth will not accept the fact that Jesus was and is the Son of God. Many of these people want to have a right relationship with God but will not accept this fact and are referred to as antichrists by the apostle John (see 1 John 2:22).

Matthew 11:28 - 30

"'Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.'" NIV translation

Jesus concludes this chapter with a call to the religious to abandon their struggle and accept His gift of salvation. The "weary and burdened" refers to those that are tired of trying to live up to God's standards on their own and are ready to trust in Him. So, what is the yoke that Jesus is talking about? A yoke is used to guide an ox and this speaks of the teaching of Jesus. It is easy and light as He was simply teaching that He was the only way to have a right relationship with the Father. For the "religious' it was just too easy for them to accept.