Rev Nick Witham
Sunday 5th July 2020
I woke up this morning and forgot which side the sun rises from, then it dawned on me.
In Matthew 11:25-30 — Jesus speaks about revelation — the dawning of the truth about who he is and what he offers. In the previous verses he speaks about all the places he has been and despite the miracles that he has done there...they still do not believe in him.
He then goes on to give praise to his Father for revealing the truth to the little children...not the wise or the clever ones but to little children. Now I am not sure when you were last called a little child — but I am calling you one now!!
The point Jesus is making is that HE reveals the truth of who he is to the ordinary and everyday people......people like you and me. In the upside down new Kingdom of God — the humble are exalted, the last are first and the Kingdom comes to the ordinary "little ones".
The "little ones" of Jesus day were struggling under the weight of the outward observance of the law — there were so many rules and things to do that it was difficult to keep up. Jesus comes along and to the little ones reveals his truth and invites them to bring their weariness and the burden of the laws instructions and instead be yoked to him. He says come and join with me and learn from me — for I am gentle and humble in heart, come and find rest for your souls for my yoke is easy and my burden light.
Come and be with Jesus and learn about how to live and experience salvation through grace and love — not through authoritarian demand or constant guilt but in receiving teaching and redemption from the humble loving Jesus who welcomes you to be with him.
Now this is true for us today. We can come with all our burdens of guilt and fear and all the other things that weigh us down as we stagger along life's journey...to be joined with the humble master who provides rest for the weary soul.
May you come this day and know of this welcome. May you come and join with Jesus as he shares the load with you, learn from him and find rest. Be honest with him for he is gentle and humble and in all of this may you discover the revelation and the dawning of truth of salvation direct from Jesus himself.
Online and Telephone Opportunities
- Live on St Ives Facebook Page — This Sunday at 10.30am you can find a live reflection with Nick — there will also be time to pray and to comment along if you wish. There will also be a children's action song straight after the live reflection. Evening prayer will also be broadcast at 7pm.
- On Huntingdon's Facebook Page ¬- 'Pause for Thought' from James. At 4.00pm there is a story for all-ages delivered 'live' and also an opportunity to pray together at 7.00pm
- Dial-a-sermon — 01480 200195 (Regular reflections from Nick) and 01480 597118 (listen to James' Sunday message anytime during the week).
- Live on Zoom — This Sunday at 10.30am. Time to share together in worship and fellowship. If you want to attend then please contact Rev James at: email@example.com for the log in details
'The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.'
Philippians 4: 5 — 6
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