18 For John didn’t spend his time eating and drinking, and you say, ‘He’s possessed by a demon.’ 19 The Son of Man, on the other hand, feasts and drinks, and you say, ‘He’s a glutton and a drunkard, and a friend of tax collectors and other sinners!’ But wisdom is shown to be right by its results.”
20 Then Jesus began to denounce the towns where he had done so many of his miracles, because they hadn’t repented of their sins and turned to God. 21 “What sorrow awaits you, Korazin and Bethsaida! For if the miracles I did in you had been done in wicked Tyre and Sidon, their people would have repented of their sins long ago, clothing themselves in burlap and throwing ashes on their heads to show their remorse. 22 I tell you, Tyre and Sidon will be better off on judgment day than you. 23 “And you people of Capernaum, will you be honored in heaven? No, you will go down to the place of the dead.For if the miracles I did for you had been done in wicked Sodom, it would still be here today. 24 I tell you, even Sodom will be better off on judgment day than you.”
25 At that time Jesus prayed this prayer: “O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike. 26 Yes, Father, it pleased you to do it this way! 27 “My Father has entrusted everything to me. No one truly knows the Son except the Father, and no one truly knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” 28 Then Jesus said,“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
How many of you find yourself discontent? I use to be very discontent.I was not content with my job, I always wanted more money and less time at work. At the same time there was a lot of drama between supervisors and employee’s. I thought if those things were different it would make me content with my job. I thought that if those things were different it would make me content with my job. I was not content at home and a part of me always wanted more money, better eating habits, better life style. I thought that both my wife and I were overweight. I wanted the newest electronics. No matter how much I had I still wanted more. I have read this passage of scripture many times and did not understand that Jesus was talking about being content.
See we humans have this problem, for the sake of this post we will call it the hole in the heart syndrome. this syndrome comes from a separation from our Creator and it is caused by sin. No matter how hard we try we can’t fill that hole without God. In fact the only way we can be reconnected to a just God is through grace and forgiveness, that only comes through death. Thankfully Jesus paid that price and all we have to do is accept that he paid that price for us. Jesus’ death paid for our sin so we could reconnect with God. His resurrection proved that he could cover the debt. Here in this passage Jesus is exposing the Jewish leaders discontentment. he tells them that John came in the strictest since of the law and they said he has a demon. Jesus came proclaiming grace and freedom and they said he was a glutton and a drunkard. Its the very same thing with our current political climet. We had a president in office for eight years that everyone hated, before that another president everyone hated for eight years and the senario is not looking much different for Trump. We are discontent with everything.
Jesus finishes with verse 28 where he says, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
I know from my life how true this is. When I finally submitted to Jesus and let him have control of my life I found rest, peace and contentment. I don’t make much money, I don’t eat better, I’m still fat, there is still drama at the work place, I don’t have the newest toy, but I am truly happy with my life. Not happy as in just an emotion though that’s part of it. I’m at peace with God. I know that nothing can separate me from the love of Christ. Life is great and blessed and there is a wonderful hope in death. There is nothing better than being connected to God. Paul reiterates this lesson in Philippians 4:10-13 if you would like to read it on your own.