In Matthew 11 Jesus describes the bleak future ahead for the “faux-righteous” critics of all God was doing through Him, and John the Baptist. He then shifts to prayer, followed by an invitation to all who are open to His life and message:
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. Matthew 11:25-30 (NLT)
I love this about Jesus. He opens His arms wide to any, and all, who will accept Him. He welcomes questions, and like a loving parent to a child, He will listen and carefully answer them. The only people He can’t help, are those whose pride and arrogance have blinded their eyes and closed their hearts. Jesus respects honest questions from a heart and mind that is open to truth. Many of His listeners had been beaten up by the heavy-handed rituals and traditions that the religious leaders forced upon them. These strict man-made rules and regulations made God appear to be cold and apathetic, leaving people feeling distant from God, but in Jesus, we see that God is nothing like that at all! He invites us to come into His presence, with nothing but a willingness to trust and obey.