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.
“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.
“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.”
Still speaking in reference to the towns He listed in the last section, Jesus extends His offer of grace; there is still time to repent. He begins praising God the Father for the way that He has hidden His salvation from the “wise and learned” while revealing it to “little children”.
At first glance, this might seem to a little odd; to praise God for hiding His truth, but look again; that isn’t what Jesus is saying at all. The only ones that find the truth of the Gospel to be hidden are the “wise and learned”; the simple can see it easily… if they want to. The wise ones have problems because they want to analyze things with the wisdom of this world. Look at it this way: Philosophy is an inquiry into the great questions of life. The Gospel answers the great questions of life; why don’t the great philosophers accept the Gospel in most cases?
Two things come to mind right away: One is that the Gospel is not a human philosophy, but a revelation from God; philosophers aren’t looking for that in their quest to figure it all out by themselves. Two, the Gospel is simple and not at all convoluted as philosophy usually is.
Jesus offers another explanation: Only the Father knows the Son, only the Son knows the Father, other than those the Son chooses to show the Father to. The only way to the Father is by the Son, and the wise and learned ones seek to find their own way to His truth.
In the final verses of the chapter, Jesus offers to all the chance to come to Him. It isn’t too hard, it isn’t too complicated; it only requires a response.
I’ve always thought that the “wise an learned” of Jesus’ day are like those of today, they look for the loopholes in the Law or simply deny His existence because to simply accept Jesus’ teachings means to acknowledge a higher authority. To do that means there is someone that you have to answer to for your actions, negating their “do what feels right” philosophy.
Yep, you’ve got something there
Love this passage of scripture and how easy it really is to make that response and follow the way.. Thanks for sharing some great insights on this passage!
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