Text: Matthew 11:25-30
For glory in God's power through the Cross
For willingness to take up Jesus’ yoke
For mentors in the faith
One of the central facts of life in New York City is the subway. One afternoon a train rolled into the station and people rose from their seats and made their way to the doors of the car. The train stopped...and nothing happened. The doors were shut. Everyone waited a long time, but still, nothing happened. Finally, an announcement came over the PA system: This train is out of service due to mechanical problems. The doors will not open. Please leave the train immediately.
Is that not a description of our situations, the bind we all find ourselves in? We need to get off this train, but the doors are shut. The wisdom by which we live, the wisdom we have created for ourselves, does not give us a path forward, but leaves us hemmed in, trapped.
Jesus mentions his “yoke,” a word that rabbis would use to describe their teachings, their system, their way of living in the world. And one might think that any worthwhile system or school would be hard. But Jesus declares that his yoke, his way is easy and light. His teaching is for us to look to him, and embrace the wisdom of his cross, the “wisdom of God that confounds the wise” (1 Cor 1:26-30).
Jesus, the wisdom of God, offers us a way forward, a way out, a path to walk. He calls to you to join him—never too late to start.
May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks