Come unto me...and I will give you rest
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John the Baptist had been prophesying of the coming of the messiah. John knew He was coming and John was anxious to see and know the messiah. When John heard of Jesus he sent two men to see if Jesus was the messiah. Jesus didn't just send back a simple, "yes", but rather sent them as witnesses of His great miracles. He healed blind and lame, the lepers were cleansed, the deaf heard, the dead were raised. Jesus was able to do great miracles to confirm to the people that He truly was the son of God...and these same miracles were evidence to John the Baptist that Jesus was the Messiah.
Yet even though Jesus did great and obvious miracles, there were many that witnessed the miracles that refused to believe Jesus. It makes me wonder what people would do if Jesus were preforming the same miracles today. Would they believe? Would they be skeptical? Would they accuse Him of having his power from the devil? What would you do if you saw those miracles? Would you listen to Jesus? Would you follow Him? Would you give up everything to be in His company? Would you go against the crowd to be a follower?
If Jesus were here today and preforming miracles, I don't think much would change. Those who believe might have their faith strengthened, yet those who don't believe would likely continue to be skeptical. Yet to those who are willing to follow, Christ offers great reward. Jesus promises rest to those who come to Him (vs 28-30). When we commit to working with Christ (in a yoke), then that yoke is light because Christ is there with us. Yet it requires that we believe Him, trust Him, and follow Him!
[11:1] Now it came to pass, when Jesus finished commanding His twelve disciples, that He departed from there to teach and to preach in their cities.  And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples  and said to Him, “Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?”  Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things which you hear and see:  “The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them.  “And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.”  As they departed, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?  “But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft garments? Indeed, those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses.  “But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and more than a prophet.  “For this is he of whom it is written: ‘Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before You.’  “Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.  “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.  “For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.  “And if you are willing to receive it, he is Elijah who is to come.  “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!  “But to what shall I liken this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their companions,  “and saying: ‘We played the flute for you, And you did not dance; We mourned to you, And you did not lament.’  “For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’  “The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ But wisdom is justified by her children.” Woe to the Impenitent Cities  Then He began to rebuke the cities in which most of His mighty works had been done, because they did not repent:  “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.  “But I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you.  “And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to Hades; for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.  “But I say to you that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for you.” Jesus Gives True Rest  At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes.  “Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight.  “All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.  “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”