Matthew Chapter 11

Verses 20 – 28 stood out particularly this time.  In light of our society today, especially in the United States, I was reminded again that we are a nation that has almost everything – wealth, knowledge, technology, freedom from persecution, freedom to worship, etc.  yet it seems like we are  destitute in embracing Jesus.  As in Korazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum, we claim to be a Christian nation yet do we really know Jesus?  Jesus mentioned two kinds of people in His prayer –“the wise” and the “little children.”  The “wise” arrogant in their own knowledge and the “little children humbly open to receive the truth of God’s word.  Are we so arrogant and stubborn that we really don’t see the wickedness and repent of it?  Like those cities, who SAW Jesus and didn’t believe, are we so blinded by the luxuries and comfort we have in America that we may be judged more harshly than the “less advanced” countries?  Can we be so moved by the Holy Spirit that we can receive the praises like children instead of condemnation the “wise” who have the truth hidden from them in their arrogance and disbelief?  Verse 27  “…no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son…”  Knowledge can be understood in two different ways.  First, knowledge as a set of facts and second, as intimate knowledge as revealed by a person.  We have the privilege of knowing Jesus as He has revealed Himself to us.