Matthew makes an important declaration concerning the identity of Jesus while the crowds question and the Pharisees oppose. In response Jesus issues a strong warning to all who hear.
Sermon Summary: When we elevate a ritual over it's intent we lose God's purpose for it in our lives. Jesus continues to indict the lack of care the religious leadership shows for their people and instead points us towards three great works: necessity, piety, and mercy. How can our burdens be relieved until we know the Lord of the Sabbath and his will for our work and rest?
Fatherhood is a high calling with incredibly important responsibilities. Those responsibilities include God’s command to diligently teach their children biblical doctrine and to discipline them according to God’s Word.
Jesus offers us an incredible invitation to come to him and find rest for our souls. This rest is the very thing we need. Too often we take on the yokes of the world and pain ourselves greatly. Jesus invites us to forsake the yoke of the world and of self-righteousness and instead take his easy yoke upon us.
In Matthew 11, John the Baptist is wrestling with doubt as a result of his imprisonment. Jesus responds with loving kindness and encourages John. But then pronounces judgment on those who reject both John and himself. Those who hear the gospel of the Kingdom and do not repent and believe in the one God has sent will be cast into Hell.