Jesus made shocking statements. Again and again he affirmed his special role in the divine project. He is the key person for knowing God.

All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son decides to reveal him.
Matthew 11:27 NET

This declaration of Christ’s precedes the famous invitation of Matthew 11:28-30, to come to Christ. It suggests that the knowledge of the Father, which implies his presence and blessing, comes only to him who is willing to deliver up to the Lord the burdens of this life in order to receive his yoke.

The invitation is open to all, but the relief and the knowledge of the Father are pre-determined. That is, they are conditional to our willingness to leave our burden in order to accept the direction (Lordship) of Christ.

Why then have we cut this verse when citing the invitation that follows? Would it be to separate the demand from the promise, the restriction from the invitation?

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  1. Good observation Randy. Thanks.

    I suspect the passage has been divided because it sounds a little too Calvinistic for some. But I will take your admonition to heart and keep them together.

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