From the January 17th reading of our devotional Bible, “All things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son, except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father, except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.” (Matthew 11:27, NASB)

Do you know the Father? Do you know the Son? To do so is the greatest of all gifts; the foremost of all miracles in the life of an individual. From the statement of Jesus above, one can only conclude such knowledge resides outside of a person’s ability to comprehend and does not come from within. Stated differently, in and of myself, I could not ever (nor could you) conjure such awareness.

Jesus must reveal an understanding of Himself, which coincides with knowledge of the Father, to persons possessing it; to those whom He wills to do so. This should make those who receive this realization tremble with awe and respect for the One who gave it; appreciating the inestimable value of such a bestowment.

How does one know they hold such a priceless treasure? I believe a clue to this can be ascertained in the statement Jesus makes immediately following the aforementioned scripture. “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, 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 SHALL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. For My yoke is easy, and My load is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30, NASB) These words are often thought to refer to the reality that if I believe on Jesus, all of the burdens of life will melt away; that everything I experience subsequent to acceptance of Jesus will culminate into “a bed of roses!” With this promise in mind, many accept Jesus only to be disillusioned when life does not pan out as they had hoped; Jesus then being discarded upon the trash heap of other broken promises and dreams.

To be weary and heavy-laden, as denoted by our Lord and Savior in this verse, has to do with humanity’s ongoing war with God, a war that individually commences from the womb because of inherited sin; and the fallen, fleshly desire to “do” deeds one assumes (even arrogantly insists) will appease that God (Whose standard is in point of fact completely perfect). Consequently, mankind diminishes God to a “manageable” level remaking Him into his image while elevating himself to a plane of existence that Lucifer in pride tried to attain (to no avail)!

The rest spoken of by Jesus is a result of His finished work of redemption. One rests in Christ’s perfect righteousness achieved in the flesh, not his own, which is applied to the believer when Christ is received. Such a person enjoys a newly discovered relationship with the Father, afforded by the work of Jesus, while waving the white flag of surrender over his head with regard to the war he has been engaged in with that same God because of sin; Jesus having paid the ultimate penalty of death as a substitute for the insurmountable debt. Even more, because of the resurrection of Jesus from the dead; one realizes the struggles, pains, and burdens of life (rather than being avoided because of Christ) are ultimately working toward betterment and a clearer reflection of Him resulting in an even greater hope and promise of eternity!

Do you know the Father? Do you know the Son?

In Christ,

Pastor Rob