Matthew 11: 25 At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; 26 yes, Father, for such was your gracious will …”
The point of the above scripture is not an indictment of education or knowledge, any more than it is an indictment of age. Jesus does say that God revealed the revelation of Jesus Christ to “little children,” but the disciples were not little children, in the literal sense of the word. They were, however, “like little children” in that they were more than willing and ready to admit their total dependency upon God. They were willing and ready to follow Jesus’ teaching. The wise and understanding from whom God hides the revelation of Jesus Christ are those who deem themselves self-sufficient, super wise, and above any need for God. These are the ones who do not see Christ’s revelation; these are the ones from whom God withholds it. The little children who do see it are those who depend upon God and are willing to be taught. To them, God freely reveals all.
Jesus’ invitation is an invitation to spirituality based upon relationship, not rules. Remember, there was no shortage of religious rules in Jesus’ day. If there was anything those people did not need, it was one more religious rule. Jesus showed up on the scene with an invitation for relationship. It is in this sacred relationship that we â€“ you and me â€“ can and will find relief from the burden. It is in this relationship that we can and will find deep rest.