Who will teach you the truth?
Can you hear all the thousands who come with their courses and programs which cry out “Me. Me–I will teach you the truth! Join us”
But what does Jesus say?
“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, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew
Come to Me and learn from me! Surely this is an unbelievable offer. It seems too good to be ‘true’. To actually learn from Jesus, actually sit at his feet, enter his rest of faith, to choose the better part? And like the two shattered disciples on the Emmaus road, receive from Jesus amazing exposition of the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.
Will you pass up this offer and settle for human teachers as being more practical? Will you choose preachers and teachers you like, that say the things you want to hear, lifestyles that reinforce your current one, burdens that are manageable, yokes that you can bear?
Or is it recognition from others you look for, success in reaching a goal in biblical studies? You look for the best theological institution? Then you will choose badly by comparison with this Teacher. How can mere men compare with Christ the Lord?
Jesus consistently emphasised his accessibility for the disciple. He wants to teach us! He wants us to learn from him! He promises the Holy Spirit to abide with you forever and who will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.
Did you get that? The shear wonder of this.
Come to Me! In this most Jewish of the four gospels, Jesus is reported as attracting people to himself. Forget Moses and Judaism. Like in the story on the mount the heavenly voice from his Father ‘Listen to Him’ points the stunned disciples away from the Mosaic law system and the teaching of the prophets. They are to listen to the One sent from God, His one and only Son.
All who are weary and heavy-laden. Does this description fit you? Trying to sort out all the stuff on offer and decide what doctrines are true and suffer the frustration of sifting through the myriad of denominations and sects to decide who has the truth?
Or you may not be weary and heavy-laden but satisfied with your cosy place among the typical Sunday attendees. Unbelief that something so marvelous as ‘being taught by God’ personally could be true? Unbelief strikes again. If so, read no further.
To come to him, to receive him, to open the door to him, to hear his voice, is to join in an intimate union with Jesus and the Father and experience his easy yoke and his light burden—and to learn from him.