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Jesus went back to work. as he went from community to community, the level of faith became clear. Some communities were drawn to the message; while others were vehemently opposed to the message of God.  As he reflected on the travels, He practiced what he preached to his men. For the communities that accepted Him–He healed and blessed the communities and folks. Conversely, If they rejected Him–He rejected them as well.

He was healing the sick, opening the eyes of the blind, making the lame to walk and cleaning the lepers.  There simply was no other thing to do to convince them–in those communities they saw his acts as parlor tricks to entertain them, rather than miracles saving them. As with his disciples, Jesus did not soften the message–Sodom and Gomorrah were in a better position than you…not a message one wants to receive from Adonai!  

But, their was also hope and promise–Cast your burdens on Me, because I care for You! We are never out of line in asking for God’s grace He never grows weary of us seeking his hand. He wants to carry our burdens, they are critical to Him.  He pushes forward and takes our yoke and burden and exchanges it for peace and provision. No longer alone, no longer hungry–we are full of what we need to meet the challenges of the day. 

In short, we have seen enough to know God is faithful beyond measure. Our lack of faith is appalling; in light of what He has revealed. He reminds us that it is our decision to release control and allow Him to bless us, or to grasp the reigns firmly and try it on our own. Sadly, with what we know, to reject His gift is a choice that will greve God and doom us!

God Bless You

Then Jesus began to denounce the towns in which most of his miracles had been performed, because they did not repent. 21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22 But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you.23 And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted to the heavens? No, you will go down to Hades.[e] For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day. 24 But I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.”

The Father Revealed in the Son

25 At that time 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. 26 Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.

27 “All things have been committed to me by my Father. 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.

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 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. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”