In today’s reading from Matthew, Jesus is talking about removing the onerous burdens placed on the Jewish people by their religious leaders. Jesus is saying that these leaders do not know God the Father and behave more like name-calling children than the spiritual elite they claim to be.
For Jesus’ hearers this meant an invitation to bypass a corrupt, state-sponsored system of spiritual oppression to obtain direct access to God the Father — through a man claiming to be his Son! For us, that Son, now vindicated and raised from the dead by his Father, continues to choose to reveal God to us.
Jesus rescues us from the waterless pit of our sins, replacing the heavy yoke our works had fashioned for our destruction with his own easy one. Thus we are now his “prisoners of hope” and he our gentle and humble King. What our sins took away from us, he now restores double to us, as he chooses to show us the ways of his Father in which we must now live.
Preached by the Rev. Jake Dell on July 9, 2017 at Holy Trinity Church Inwood.