The Father and the Son
by Kim Starr
Have you ever thought about Jesus praising His Father? I had not. What kind of feeling do you get when you read, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth…?” It made me feel joyful. How amazing and wonderful to see Jesus do what we are asked to do: praise God. What a tremendous example he gives us—just like when He taught us how to pray. Next, Jesus tells us in an abundantly clear way what the connection is between God the Father and God the Son. "The Message" translation says:
“The Father has given me all these things to do and say. This is a unique Father-Son operation, coming out of Father and Son intimacies and knowledge. No one knows the Son the way the Father does, nor the Father the way the Son does. But I’m not keeping it to myself; I’m ready to go over it line by line with anyone willing to listen.”
God the Father and God the Son are bound not only in their nature but also in their relationship with each other. And Jesus wants to show us the true nature of the Father and reveal the mind, heart, attitudes, and attributes of God to us! When Jesus reveals God to us, we will know Him. This will change our lives and we will no longer have to carry the burdens of the world on our own.
Jesus invites us to come to Him, and He will give us rest. He wants us to join ourselves to Him and let Him carry our burdens for us. Can you think of something for or from which you need rest? Struggles, pains, disappointments, brokenness, depression, anxiety, sickness, distress, sorrow, or bitterness, to name a few? When we are yoked to Jesus, we get the rest we so desperately need, and the troubles of this world are lighter and easier. We need to remember that we are never alone in our weariness because God is right there with us. We can rest deeply and securely in God and His grace.
Dear Lord, let your gentle, yet powerful, invitation to come to you and receive rest touch our hearts. Help us realize that with our weariness and the heavy burdens we are carrying, we can respond to your invitation yoke to You, and find rest. All we have to do is come. Amen.