Matthew 11:25-26. At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O
Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things
from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so,
Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.
“Jesus answered”: sovereign grace is the answer to abounding guilt.
With rejoicing spirit Jesus sees how sovereign grace meets the
unreasonable aboundings of human sin, and chooses out its own,
according to the good pleasure of the Fathers will. Here is the spirit
in which to regard the electing grace of God: “I thank thee.” It is
cause for deepest gratitude.
Here is the author of election: “ O Father.” It is the Father who makes
the choice, and reveals the blessings. Here is his right to act as he
does: he is “Lord of heaven and earth.” Who shall question the good
pleasure of his will? Here we see the objects of election, under both
aspects; the chosen and the passed-over. Babes see because sacred
truths are revealed to them, and not otherwise. They are weak and
inexperienced. They are simple and unsophisticated. They can cling, and
trust, and cry, and love; and to such the Lord opens up the treasures
of wisdom. The objects of divine choice are such as these. Lord, let me
be one among them! The truths of the heavenly kingdom are hid, by a
judicial act of God, from men who, in their own esteem, are “the wise
and prudent.” They cannot see, because they trust their own dim light,
and will not accept the light of God.
Here we see, also, the reason of election, the divine will: “So it
seemed good in thy sight.” We can go no further than this. The choice
seemed good to Him who never errs, and therefore it is good. This
stands to the children of God as the reason, which is above all reason.
Deus vult is enough for us. If God wills it, so must it be, and so
ought it to be.
Matthew 11:27. All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man
knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father,
save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.
Here we have the channel through which electing love works towards men:
“All things are delivered unto me of my Father.” All things are put
into the Mediator’s hands; fit hands both towards God and towards man;
for he alone knows both to perfection. Jesus reveals the Father to the
babes whom he has chosen. Only the Father can fill the Son with
benediction, and only through the Son can that benediction flow to any
one of the race of men. Know Christ, and you know the Father, and know
that the Father himself loveth you. There is no other way of knowing
the Father but through the Son. In this our Lord rejoiced; for his
office of Mediator is dear to him, and he loves to be the way of
communication between the Father whom he loves, and the people whom he
loves for the Father’s sake. Observe the intimate fellowship between
the Father and the Son, and how they know each other as none else ever
can. Oh, to see all things in Jesus by the Father’s appointment, and so
to find the Father’s love and grace in finding Christ! My soul, there
are great mysteries here! Enjoy what thou canst not explain.
Matthew 11:28. Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Here is the gracious invitation of the gospel in which the Saviour’s
tears and smiles were blended, as in a covenant rainbow of promise.
“Come:” he drives none away: he calls them to himself. His favourite
word is, “Come.” Not-go to Moses; but, “Come unto me.” To Jesus himself
we must come, by a personal trust. Not to doctrine, ordinance, or
ministry are we to come first; but to the personal Saviour. All
labouring and laden ones may come: he does not limit the call to the
spiritually labouring, but every working and wearied one is called. It
is well to give the largest sense to all that mercy speaks. Jesus calls
me. Jesus promises “rest” as his gift: his immediate, personal,
effectual rest he freely gives to all who come to him by faith. To come
to him is the first step, and he entreats us to take it. In himself, as
the great sacrifice for sin, the conscience, the heart, the
understanding obtain complete rest. When we have obtained the rest he
gives, we shall be ready to hear of a further rest, which we find.
Matthew 11:29-30. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and
lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is
easy, and my burden is light.
“Take my yoke and learn:” this is the second instruction; it brings
with it a further rest which we “find.” The first rest he gives through
his death; the second we find in copying his life. This is no
correction of the former statement, but an addition thereto. First, we
rest by faith in Jesus, and next we rest through obedience to him. Rest
from fear is followed by rest from the turbulence of inward passion,
and the drudgery of self. We are not only to bear a yoke, but his yoke;
and we are not only to submit to it when it is laid upon us, but we are
to take it upon us. We are to be workers, and take his yoke; and at the
same time we are to be scholars, and learn from him as our Teacher. We
are to learn of Christ and also to learn Christ. He is both Teacher and
lesson. His gentleness of heart fits him to teach, to be the
illustration of his own teaching, and to work in us his great design.
If we can become as he is, we shall rest as he does. We shall not only
rest from the guilt of sin,-this he gives us; but we shall rest in the
peace of holiness, which we find through obedience to him. It is the
heart, which makes or mars the rest of the man. Lord, make us “lowly in
heart,” and we shall be restful of heart. “Take my yoke.” The yoke in
which we draw with Christ must needs be a happy one, and the burden
which we carry for him is a blessed one. We rest in the fullest sense
when we serve, if Jesus is the Master. We are unloaded by bearing his
burden; we are rested by running on his errands. “Come unto me,” is
thus a divine prescription, curing our ills by the pardon of sin
through our Lord’s sacrifice, and causing us the greatest peace by
sanctifying us to his service. Oh, for grace to be always coming to
Jesus, and to be constantly inviting others to do the same! Always
free, yet always bearing his yoke; always having the rest once given,
yet always finding more: this is the experience of those who come to
Jesus always, and for everything. Blessed heritage; and it is ours if
we are really his!