The Great Contrast

From yesterday’s sermon –

Jesus speaks to the crowd and the disciples as the religious leaders look on and he draws quite the contrast. For the entire sermon you can go here.

Here is what it boils down to – one is my interpretation the other Jesus’ words from Matthew 11.

Religious Leaders

Get over here you who can’t think for yourselves. We, the serious and sophisticated, will give you some rules to follow and do you a great favor by holding you accountable. Oh, these rules aren’t for us – we don’t need them but you are a different story. And stop complaining about how difficult things are. Don’t expect us to help you – remember…God helps those who help themselves!

Jesus

Come to me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and humble in heart. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
Matthew 11.28-30 NRSV

Whereas Jesus paints a picture of pulling alongside us in life, the religious leaders wanted something different. They did not want to leave their Moses seat nor other places of privilege. They enjoyed the respectful greetings in the marketplace and not having to get their hands dirty in everyday affairs of regular folks. Jesus wants to lift our burdens while the religious leaders, in Jesus’s day, wanted to simply add to them.

In whom will we place our trust today? The contrast is great. The choice is ours.

Published by Todd Nelson

I'm one of the pastors at First United Methodist Church in Lexington, Kentucky where I've served for the past thirteen years. The sub-title of this blog is "Grace is no accident" which happens to be the defining reality of my life. God's grace (gift) is the reason we have breath in our lungs and hope in our hearts.

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