Summary: That we would come as simple as a child to Jesus and receive the things He desires for us.

Come unto me

Matthew 11:20-28


This morning if you would turn to Matthew 11:20-28.

We will dig into the passage that most have heard of.

We read come to Jesus to find rest… Most have no clue what that means or what to do with it.

We see what appears to harsh words from Jesus to those that would not repent and those who would not respond to Jesus invitation to come to him with simple child-like faith.

My prayer as we begin is that we would simply come to Jesus as faithful and simply as a child and allow Him to do whatever is needed to take that heavy yoke and replace it with the one that He says is light.


Setting up the text-

Chorazin was a city about an hour from some of the big cities and we see Jesus who appears to be coming through the town rebuking them for not repenting and responding to his teachings.

We know something amazing must have happened but we are not told what it is.

Text- Matthew 11:20-28 but for now let’s look at verse 20-24. Read from the Bible

Words like “Woe to you” should be a pretty good warning that Jesus is concerned they were not listening.

He said that the miracles He performed there, if they been in Sodom and Tyre, would have been better received. He said that on the Day of Judgment that Sodom would be more bearable.

It is so important to go to the text and find out as much as you can about the setting and meaning.

First read, I see a ticked off Jesus. After looking into the text, we find a savior that is not angry but sorrowful and with much pity.

This is not an angered Jesus who gave up on them but a sorrowful Jesus who wanted them to respond to Him.

Jesus must have done great things and returns later to see people doing and found them doing the same old things and not changing or responding to His call.

John 21:25-

“Jesus did many other things as well. If everyone of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.”

This must have been one of the other things- we don’t have all the details of what He did but we know they did not respond properly.

So what did these people do so wrong?

They were indifferent of Jesus- they did not attack Jesus, they did not force him away. They just simply disregarded him.

They forgot they had a responsibility. They heard Jesus bring the truth of the gospel and they choose not to respond. We cannot condemn those who do not know better, but Jesus brought truth and they willingly blow Him off. He was holding them responsible.

The more you know, the more you have been given the truth, the more responsibility we will have in Jesus eyes. I did not know is not an excuse when Jesus gives opportunity to know and you choose to ignore His teachings.


A man was watching the news one night when it was reported that a car was going the wrong direction on the freeway. The man knew his wife was on that freeway and became concerned and called his wife. She answered he said, dear, there is a car going the wrong direction on the freeway, she exclaimed, one car! There are hundreds!”

Matthew 11:25-27 Read from Bible

Jesus reveals his authority to be able to tell us these things.

We as believers must accept His truth as children.

Is Jesus condemning intellectual power? Of course not, he is condemning and dealing with intellectual pride that was in there hearts.

Who did He come after?

He came after the Pharisees for making more laws, for making everything harder than needed.

People may be a smart as Solomon, but if they have not the simplicity, the trust, the innocence of a childlike heart, they shut themselves out of what God wants them to have.

Matthew 11:28- Read from Bible

The act of Jesus compassion lived out and promised to those who would listen. This is where we will park for a few minutes and let Jesus speak to us.

The Greeks believed that it was hard to find God-

Most people spend their life running from God or believe that one day they will be good enough to approach God and try to find that relationship.

Here we see Jesus who has done great things, performed miracles, has proven His authority to offer an invitation to come to Him and He will give us rest.

There are a lot of people who believe in God.

They know who and what He is about.

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