I'm going out of town tomorrow, and will be gone for a couple of days, so I may not post anything new until the weekend (whether or not I do, I'll keep the blog open, and will check in on what's happening here)..so I needed to finish out this chapter for the sake of closure. Here's the rest of it for those of you who are following along. I hope you don't mind me using another old school, "Euro-Jesus" pic, but I've always liked this one (I identify with the guy clutching His robe). Also, thanks for the connection with the other site that some of you are beginning to make...
27 . After the prayer, Jesus resumed speaking to the people, but with a change in tone. He said, "Try to understand that all things have been committed to me by my Father. Whether you think I am the One that you have been expecting or not, the fact is that 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…and I choose to reveal Him to anyone who will listen.
28. So just come directly to me, all you who are weary of labor…who are tired of trying to take the kingdom by force, and are burned out from the violence that that effort requires. Just come to Me, all you who are burdened heavily with these same questions and frustrations expressed by John, and I will refresh your spirit, and will give your mind the rest that it needs.
29. Take upon yourself the yoke that is on Me…be yoked to Me as I am yoked to the Father, and learn from me. You will find that, in spite of things such as John’s probing questions, or these ominous, prophetic warnings to the unrepentant cities, that I am personally serene, and peaceful of mind, because I know who I am. This is why My internal world is unaffected by the external, and so, in learning from My example, you will find for yourselves serenity, and quality rest for your souls.
30. For the yoke that is upon me is pleasant…it allows me to live stress-free…free and easy…so if you connect yourself to it, you will live the same way. And even though the responsibility of bringing the kingdom is very great, the burden that is on Me is actually quite light."