A remarkable and loved passage! Especially Jesus' invitation in vv 28-30. But also what Jesus says about his relationship to the Father encapsulates the intimacy expressed in Abba.' It begins with a prayer of affirmation to God for his ways of revealing himself (25-26). Then a declaration of Jesus' relation to God and that revelation (27). Finally the invitation for the burdened to take Jesus' yoke and find rest (28-30). But there is an edge to all of it.
It is easy to understand why many religious teachers as well as people whose lives and reality were defined by their power, class, profession, wealth, etc., found Jesus hard to deal with. Can I listen and watch and let Jesus redefine God and reality away from my old conceptions? Can I be a little child, wide-eyed, expectant, open to learn, ready for adventure, growing?
Jesus says, Take my yoke.â€ Yes, it's a yoke. The life you are called to in the Sermon on the Mount. A life that always calls you beyond where you are to what God cr