Matthew 11:25-27 – We Are So Smart That We’re Stupid!

Posted: December 13, 2015 in Gospel of Matthew

Matthew 11:25-27
The Father Revealed in the Son

It is ironic that I read this passage now. Last Sunday, We had Family Worship Sunday at church. The children were not segregated to what we call Kidzlife, where they have their own worship and study time. They have their own church so to speak while the parents are in “big church.” Isn’t funny, how children have an easier time believing in God than we do sometimes as adults. They get it. In our intellectual growth and development, we become cynical about life and about God. Often, Jesus spoke about the need to have the faith of a child. It is only when we have that child-like faith that God reveals His wisdom to us. It is when we are wise by worldly standards that we are ignorant of God’s wisdom. In today’s passage, we read in Matthew 11:25-27, the following:

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.
What do we learn today from this passage? Well a couple of things come to mind. And I think we learn it verse by verse. In Verse 25, we learn that worldly wisdom often hinders us from really knowing God. In Verse 26, we learn that God in his Sovereignty has decided that childlike faith is the way He will reveal Himself. Finally, Verse 27, we see that it is only through childlike faith that we can see that Jesus is the only way to the Father. In the end, we learn that through childlike faith, we find the greatest wisdom of all.

As we discussed yesterday, we consider ourselves enlightened in 2015, far more so than ever. We pat ourselves on the back for being tolerant of all things. We pat ourselves on the back for our new understanding of homosexuality and gay marriage. We see the past where such things were condemned as part of a dark and unenlightened past. We see the “Bible says it; I believe it” faith as the chasm for morons to fall into. We see the acceptance of all faiths as the enlightened way. Recently, at my daughter Michelle’s, choral recital where the songs were often about the birth of Christ our Savior, it baffled me how they ended show. They brought a Baptist preacher, a Methodist preacher, a Jewish rabbi and a Muslim imam on stage. They prayed for unity and acceptance among all religions. After spending an hour celebrating Christmas, a holiday for the purpose of celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, the religion of the 21st century revealed itself in the end. Christmas is simply a time of reflection and family for most now. Most of us do not know why we stop this time of year and give gifts and celebrate family. It is no longer really about celebrating the birth of the one and only Savior. We now worship a new enlightened religion. The religion of unity. We worship co-existence stickers. Unity and diversity kick Jesus out of the way. In essence, we are calling Jesus a liar because He said he is the only way to the Father. Somebody’s not right. All religions cannot be right simultaneously and Jesus is a liar if that is the case. We are so interested in not offending anyone that we worship the logically inconsistency of the equality of all religions and faiths. We consider ourselves wise but ultimately we are foolish. We consider ourselves wise but we have an amazing unwillingness to think this thing through. We would rather be tolerant of all things rather than determine which is right and work to see that all understand the truth. We consider ourselves wise by saying Jesus is just one of many ways to heaven. We wholeheartedly believe this is true and we pat ourselves on the back for it. That great philosopher from Blue Ridge, SC, Aaron Tippin, once sang that if you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything. This unity of all religions as equal ways to heaven is so shallow and logically inconsistent but yet we consider ourselves wise and newly enlightened. In our earthly wisdom, we fail to see the fallacy of our faith in essentially nothing. We you smash all the major religions of the world together into a single tolerance of all things what you have is a religion about nothing for it will self implode if you examine it beyond the surface.

The beauty of God is that it does actually require faith. God could make it known by a loud voice and claps of thunder but He chooses to reveal Himself only to those who seek Him. If God make the loud voice, it would be easy to have faith. Certainly, there is ample evidence of the existence of God through the intricacies of the universe in which we live but most of us act as if He does not exist. We clamor for evidence but to truly know God, it is revealed by faith. We are created to desire God. We are wired that way. But it is our own wisdom that often prevents us from seeing Him. It is amazing to me that the Bible was just a study tool and a wonderful collection of ancient writings with stuff about miracles in it that I did not believe before I accepted Christ as my Savior. It is only after I came to Christ by faith that God began to reveal His wisdom to me. What was folly to me before is now continuing layers of the wisdom on God being revealed to me. The greater my faith, the more God is revealed to me. That my understanding of God is made greater with the greater intimacy that I have with Him is the beauty of it all. Faith makes the difference. Just as being married to my wife, I know her in greater detail as we reveal our hearts to each other in greater depth each year, so is our relationship with God. He reveals Himself to those who are willing to take the time to know Him intimately.

Christ is the only way to the Father. Christ and the Father are one and the same. In this world of tolerance of all things. This is an exclusionary claim. We would rather worship unity and diversity than really consider this. Jesus said it plain as day. As CS Lewis, once said and I paraphrase, either Jesus is a liar, or He is a lunatic, or He really is the Son of God. Combine that with an old saying from the academic world, “the more you learn, the more you realize how much you don’t know,” we find that we must come to Christ in faith as if a child. We can worship unity of all religions if we want, but when you investigate, you will come to the conclusion that either Jesus is a lunatic, a liar or the King of Kings. You will learn that Jesus is a real historical figure. You will learn through Scriptures that He is the Messiah, the one who came to die for our sins. We will come to realize the theology of his atonement for our sin nature. As we learn more and more the more we realize the folly of the wisdom of man. The more we learn the more we realize that we don’t have it all figured out like we have thought. The more we learn the less we become and the greater God becomes. The loving nature of God is revealed and the saving grace from our truly deserved judgment is revealed. We become humbled before God and finally see that Jesus needs to be the one and only way to the Father. We realize that all roads cannot lead to heaven. There has to be a one and only way. It is through our seeking God we become teachable children. It is when we become teachable children that we find God through His one and only Son Jesus Christ. Amen and Amen.

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