Yesterday morning, I spent a short time in Matthew 11:25-30. As I reflected on Jesus words, I marveled at two very clear, yet profound, truths. The first truth is divine election and calling. Jesus said, “All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him” (v. 27). God has revealed truth to those whom he has chosen and has actually hidden things from the (worldly) “wise and understanding” (v. 25). This is a splendid truth! It is a truth that is a major theme in Scripture and shows the beauty of a loving Father who owes nothing to anyone except justice.
The second truth is man’s responsibility to come to Jesus–whether saved or unsaved. He says, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (vv. 28-30). If you are unsaved, you are held responsible if you do not come to Jesus. If you are saved, find your rest in him; make him your treasure. Only because of the first truth though, are we able to respond by coming to Jesus. Notice the order in which Jesus spoke to the people. He said that the Son chooses to reveal the Father to some, and then he told the people to come to him for rest. Without the first truth, the second would be impossible.
These two truths are not at odds. Two truths cannot be contradictory. As C.H. Spurgeon said, “Both are true; no two truths can be inconsistent with each other; and what you have to do is to believe them both.” So may we take heart that there is a God who is revealing himself to us and if you respond to him in faith, you are most certain a chosen child of the King. And if and when we do respond, Revelation 21:6 should be our beautiful experience: “To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment.”
Coming to Jesus with you,