Matthew 11

Matthew 11:19

“The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Behold, a gluttonous man and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.”

Sinners. If the original language did not lack punctuation marks, the word “sinners” would be in quotation marks. Religious people called them sinners; Jesus called them lost sheep (Matt. 10:6, 15:24).

Matthew 11:20

Then He began to denounce the cities in which most of His miracles were done, because they did not repent.

Repent. To repent means to change your mind. In context, it means changing your mind about Christ and the goodness of God (Rom. 2:4). “Change your unbelieving mind and believe the glad tidings of God’s grace and forgiveness” (see Mark 1:15). Jesus is talking about people who heard the gospel but refused to believe it.

Matthew 11:29

“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.

(a) My yoke. In contrast with the burdensome laws of Moses, the commands of Jesus are easy to obey.

(b) You will find rest. The gospel is not an invitation to pick up tools, but to drop them (Heb. 4:10-11). It’s not a job advertisement, but a holiday. It’s not a day of work; it’s a day of rest.

Grace declares, “It is finished, the work is done,” and faith responds, “Thank you, Jesus!” Faith is not something you must do or manufacture. Faith is resting in the restful persuasion that God is at rest and in him so are we.

Further reading: “Faith is a rest

Matthew 11:30

“For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

My burden is light. In contrast with the heavy yoke of Moses (Act 15:10), Jesus’ yoke is light. To live under the ceaseless demands of the law is burdensome, but Jesus is easy to obey. See entry for 1 John 5:3.

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