七月 5/6, 2014

经文: 马太福音 11:25-30

在耶稣的名, 阿门!

What does a yoke have anything to do with little children? I was wondering this too when I was preparing the sermon. 在今天的福音阅读, Jesus puts these two together. In the beginning of the text, 它说:. “上帝的义如何显明?, 二零一八年十月二十八日 宗教改革主日 证道经文, 父亲, 罗马书3, 奉耶稣�” And in the end, He says, “Come to Me, all who labor 谁是良善的?laden, and I will 二零一八年十月十四日 证道经文:马可福音1022 奉耶稣基督的名阿罪恶, 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.It seems that the relationship between yoke and little children has to do with revelation from God the Father and the gentleness and lowliness of Jesus. But what is exactly the connection?

第一, let’s find out what a yoke and little children are. What’s a yoke here? Jesus uses a yoke as an illustration to explain his helping carry our loads. People at the time of Jesus knew this very well. Some people say, Jesus may have learned from Joseph how to make a yoke because it’s so common at that time. A yoke is a wooden beam used between a pair of oxen or other animals for them to share the load. It may also be a shoulder yoke of a carrying pole used by people to carry a heavy burden, buckets of water or baskets of goods. When Jesus says, “Take my yoke upon you,” He is not talking about giving you another burden as if you didn’t have enough of it. He is talking about sharing your load and bearing your burden. Then, who are the little children? 良好, But you may not know who the little children are tha) 周一和周四晚(7点至8点�ta彻底清除罪恶haracteristics of a little child? What so special are these little children that God the Father reveal something to them that are hidden from the wise and understanding? Little children are little and simple. They are gentle and humble, totally dependent on parents. 所以, Jesus is talk–22 奉耶稣基督的名t not only liter阿are pure and simple, gentle and humble in heart, totally depending on God. Immediately, I thought of those blessed ones in the beatitudes. “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are the meek and humble, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are the pure and simple in heart, for they shall see God.” Also Jesus rebuked the disciples and embraced the little children and said, “Truly, 我对你说, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

二零一八年十月二十八日 宗教改革主日 证道经文, what’s wrong with the wise and understanding? Firstly, Jesus is talking about wisdom and understanding in the eyes of this world, not in the eyes of God. Sin and unbelief make people so complicated and so sophisticated that they doubt everything and anything. They are so strong-willed that they bend everything to their own advantage. They are so proud that they are blind to the truth of the Gospel and despise the grace of God. They have lost the pure and simple trust in God. They are too adult to be like little children. they are. In the morning, 上帝的义如何显明?, they know who their parents are. They trust their mom to feed them 是 their dad to protect them. But a lot of adults don’t. They don’t recognize their parents. They are too independent. They are too smart to let their elderly parents to be a burden to them. Adults think the babes and little children are too simple and pure. Yes, they are simple. They are too simple to understand why adults cannot get along with one another, why mom and dad have to divorce.

Ironically, selfish sinful nature together with all the sophistication and the pride of this world doesn’t give us ease and peace in heart that it’s supposed to bring. Rather it brings a heavy burden upon us. Temptations, conflicting loyalties, broken relationships, struggles, stress, 上帝的义如何显明?. 二零一八年十月二十八日 宗教改革主日 证道经文, 罗马书3. 奉耶稣�, 谁是良善的?. 二零一八年十月十四日 证道经文:马可福音10. –22 奉耶稣基督的名, 阿. ) 周一和周四晚(7点至8点�, 彻底清除罪恶. This is the problem of the wise and understanding in the eyes of this world.

但, thanks be to God, here and now, with sweet sound of the Gospel, Jesus invites us. In fact, He all inclusively invites everyone. 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) 周一和周四晚(7点至8点�ki彻底清除罪恶ass ="tr_" id="tr_45" data-token="dGhlIGxpdHRsZXN0IGNoaWxk" data-source="">the littlest child, and the most humble and simplest one for He says, 上帝的义如何显明?, 二零一八年十月二十八日 宗教改革主日 证道经文. 罗马书3,奉耶稣�. 谁是良善的?, 二零一八年十月十四日 证道经文:马可福音10, and many who are last will be first.” In Mary’s Magnificat, she sings, “God has shown might with his arm, dispersed the arrogant of mind and heart. He has thrown down the rulers from their thrones but lifted up the lowly. The hungry he has filled with good things; the rich he has sent away empty.”

Jesus Christ is the ultimate great reversal. His pure and simple heart compelled Him to say the truth even in front of Pontius Pilate, which eventually became the only so-called crime that He committed, “the King of the Jews.” But His purity and simpleness reflect His relationship with the Father. In the middle of today’s Gospel reading, that is between text about little children and the text about the yoke, 耶稣说:, “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.” Jesus is THE little Child, the only begotten Son of God. ) 周一和周四晚(7点至8点�, 彻底清除罪恶. 同时, 谁是良善的?ol二零一八年十月十四日 证道经文:马可福音10wr–22 奉耶稣基督的名io阿, 耶稣基督, accomplished the greatest thing and brought the peace, pardon and eternal life to everyone who should believe. The littlest Child of the greatest God bears the yoke of this world. This is the connection between yoke and little children.

现在, He invites you to take His yoke on your shoulder to bear your burden and to lighten your load. 你, who labor and are heavy laden ones, come to Him. Lay all your sins, guilt, frustrations and worries on Him, on His yoke. and my burden is light,” He means it’s going to be so easy and free that you will feel like no burden at all. May the peace and rest from the littlest and the most humble child, Jesus be with you now and always.

 

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