Shane Goodyear reveals a Saviour who uses power not to oppress, but to give freedom.
All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Many people on estates don't trust authority. They see authority figures as out to get them, as people who wish to burden them and make their lives harder.
They see figures of authority – the police, the council, or the legal system – as corrupt and only looking out for themselves and as people who are not willing to listen to them. (Brexit is the prime example of this at the moment, as most people from estates voted Leave.)
Ease Your Burdens
With this in mind, showing how Jesus uses his authority is very applicable to people on council estates.
The context of Matthew 11:27–30 is that all authority is that the Father has given all authority to Jesus who reveals this to whomever he wishes.
This authority, however, is different from the authority the people of Galilee at the time were living under.
The people are living under oppressive religious authority of a corrupt priestly system and an oppressive government, the Romans.
Jesus offers his authority to give rest for people who are weary and carrying heavy burdens. He uses his authority to teach in a humble and gentle way and the way he applies his teaching to those he gives rest is in a light and easy way, so much so people would want to obey Jesus and come to him for rest.
So showing people from estates that Jesus will be an authority in their lives, but a very different authority to what they have experienced really resonates with them.
Because at the end of the day – as human beings we long for good leaders. He leads us well and will give us peace. Ultimately, whether we know it or not, we all long for the God of the universe – who is revealed in Jesus Christ.