Declarations of Love “A Gift Exchange”

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.” Matthew 11:27-30

On Valentines Day, The world is declaring their love for one another, and men are busy about giving a gift to their sweethearts. The Bible has a lot to say about love, doesn’t it? I was realizing this thought earlier this week, God’s gift of love, A Gift exchange that has an eternal inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you (1Peter 1:4). Let us take a closer look. First, let us take notice of Jesus invitation. Come to Me— Jesus had just rebuked these cities that at that time were considered to be renowned in their decadence, for their failure to repent, for their failure to recognize that He was their Messiah. And here He goes from rebuking these cities, to praying to His Father, “I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hid these things from the wise and prudent, and have revealed them unto babes (Matthew 11:25). Jesus is saying, I thank You Father, that the great people of the earth, those great people from Capernaum, and Bethsaida, You have hid truth from them. But here are these babes, simple ordinary  people that You have chosen instead to reveal Your truth to them, Your love to them. All through Scripture, Old Testament and New Testament, God has chosen such ordinary men, common people by revealing Himself first, to do extraordinary things.

All things have been delivered to Me by My Father—This is very critical to our understanding of salvation that is found in no One else, what  Jesus Christ has been given by His Father. There are a lot of people who say, I know God, who thought they knew God the Father, but they had the wrong concepts of God. There are a lot of people today who think they know God, but by their fleshly ways, they have twisted the Word of God, and have a messed up concept of who God is. Jesus said, 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(v.27). All through man’s history he has made false attempts at what he believes who God is. Then Jesus makes this broad invitation: Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest— Jesus is equating the restlessness in man with its godlessness. He is saying to them, “You will never really know what rest is, until you come to know God.” And by coming unto Jesus, we find our rest for our souls, but also Jesus will make known the Father to us as well. So profound! We’re being invited by Jesus Christ, God the Father’s only Begotten Son, to come to Him as we are, weary of life, beset by our sins, heavy laden with guilt and shame. And in exchange for all of our past sinful life, He will bring forth in us a new life. If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have past away; behold all things have become new (2 Corinthians 5:17) In Christ—These two words comprise a brief but most profound statement of the inexhaustible significance of the new believer’s redemption, which includes : the believer’s security in Christ, who bore in His body God’s judgment against sin; the believer’s future assurance for all eternity that we will be in His presence, acceptance in Him whom God the Father is well pleased. And for the believer’s participation in the divine nature of Christ, the everlasting Word (2 Peter 1:4). All of this significant change occurs by our first coming to Christ, accepting His invitation and offer of eternal life. The very first consciousness that person has when they have come to Jesus Christ, is that they now possess a very deep and personal peace inside. This beautiful peace from God enables us to finally have that rest from the inside, that I am no longer fighting against God, I am no longer running away from His calling. I can now rest in the finished work of Jesus Christ on my behalf.

Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me—The yoke is what a farmer would place on his ox, a wooden yoke that harnessed a team of oxen to plow their fields with. What Jesus is saying, “Let Me have the reigns of your life, and I will guide you to that work I have for you,” that is because the Lord has a purpose and plan for each one of you. Paul the apostle writing to the Philippians said, “Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me” (Philippians 3:12) Jesus Christ has apprehended every one of us, who are born again. And if He has not, you are not His. He apprehended you for a specific purpose and plan that He has for your life. The Lord has a work for each one us to do for Him. And we find in the enfolding of His plan, it is a walk of faith. He chooses often not to reveal it all to you, so that you may trust Him in all things. The Lord does not waste anything. He uses everyone of our mistakes we’ve made in our lives for His sovereign glory. And when we have come to that place of surrender, that place of completely yielded to Him, we begin to perceive His plan for our lives to fulfill for His glory, and the kingdom of God.

Beloved friend, Have you surrendered your life to Christ? Do you have that unwavering peace in all circumstances of your life? Because then we can go on unto the third thing Jesus offers us; Learn from Me. Then we will begin to learn of the Father. Learning of Jesus will enable us to learn the truth of God. You will learn that He is a God of love, a God of compassion, a God of deep concern for you and your everyday lives. And friend, believe this: If we don’t teach our children to follow after Jesus Christ, the world will teach them not to. We don’t have to look too far to see this is already occurring. On this special day of love, reassess your love life with the Lord. Is He truly the first and greatest passion in your life? Pour out your heart to Jesus, and let Him know how much you love Him, and for His for love you, A gift exchange that is eternally rewarded.

May the Lord bless your walk with Him today!


Author: rontrujillo

Married 37 years We have six children. All of whom are adult. Three are married one of them blessed us with three beautiful grandchildren. Retired Firefighter @ Boeing Aircraft 37 years (Formally McDonnell Douglas) Born Again Summer of 1981

2 thoughts on “Declarations of Love “A Gift Exchange””

  1. Oh Happy Day……when He became my Savior….He gave me His gift of Love & Salvation & Eternal Life & Forgave me of my sins…He loves me anyway!!! Just amazing He is!! And now I live with an Eternal Hope & Joy words cannot explain……and I wait in anticipation for His Glorious return….but until that Day comes…..I want to tell everyone I come in contact with about His Gift of Love for all who will accept it by Faith…….Jesus Loves you & He is coming back for us!!! Blessings to you Ron & your ‘tribe’ :^)

  2. Well thank you Lesley. Those are words of someone who has been truly redeemed by our beloved Savior, Christ the Lord. Your comments are always a blessing to read. 🙂

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