I’ve got to admit, after graduating from university, I never had a real desire to go back to school and get my masters degree or anything like that. Looking back on it now, if I had to do it over again, I might do it.
But going to school can be tough. Homework, exams, and of course, tons of reading.
Yet, Jesus does call us as Christians to go to school. No, I’m not talking about going to seminary or Bible college, although God may very well call you to go there. But Jesus is calling us to enter his school.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me. (29)
This was actually something that many rabbis said when calling students to study under them.
What do we learn in Jesus’ school? We learn who the Father is. Jesus said,
No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. (27)
So many people want to know who God is, but don’t know how. How, after all, can you get to know an invisible God. It’s impossible…unless he is revealed to us. And that’s what Jesus does. He teaches us what the Father is like. More than that, when we look at the life of Jesus, we see what the Father is like. As Jesus said,
Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. (John 14:9)
When we see the character of Jesus, we see the Father’s character. When we hear the words of Jesus, we hear the Father’s words as well.
We also learn from Jesus how God intended us to live. And how God intends us to live goes far beyond obeying a list of dos and don’ts. That’s what the Pharisees had. They lived by their lists of dos and don’ts. But so many people in trying to follow them, got weighed down by them. Instead of finding God’s love and grace, they found condemnation. Instead of finding freedom, they found themselves bound up by all these rules that they couldn’t possibly keep.
But Jesus tells us,
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, 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. (28-30)
Jesus isn’t about rules and regulations. He’s about drawing near to God. He’s about loving those around us. And when we are weak, he strengthens us. When we lack wisdom, he gives it to us. When we fall, he picks us up. When we are discouraged, he helps us to keep on keeping on.
Because of this, his teaching is not burdensome. It sets us free.
What is the requirement for entering his school? A humble heart. A teachable heart. Things that the religious folks of Jesus’ day didn’t have, but Jesus’ disciples did. That’s why Jesus said,
I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do. (25-26)
How about you? Are you ready to join Jesus’ school? Are you ready to learn from Jesus?