Matthew 11:25 At that time Jesus declared, "I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes;
What does this mean? It doesn't seem right that something should be hidden, on purpose. It doesn't seem right that someone should get something without earning it. After all, everyone in this world knows that you don't get something for nothing. And anything worth having is worth working for. And yet - salvation by grace through faith is exactly what the world thinks is unfair, untrue, and not worth much. The one thing the world wants more than anything else is to know what THEY need to do to save themselves. So the first thing that Jesus is saying is that the world's way is just plain wrong.
And yet as wrong as the world's way is, we keep trying to follow it. When we are young we keep wishing that we were older. We learn to walk, and the first thing on our mind is that we want to walk by ourselves, we don't want to hold someone's hand. Then the time comes that we can, before long we want to ride a 2 wheel bike by ourselves, after that itís a car. And so it goes and our childhood quickly passes, although it doesn't seem so at the time. When we were young, we wanted to do it by ourselves, but we learned that there were many things we just couldn't do by ourselves. Sadly, we also learned that the answer was, when you are older - which is only half true.
It is that half truth that has lead us to make a god out of self sufficiency. It is that half truth which will keep us enslaved most of our lives as we try in so many ways to do it ourselves. It is that half truth that separates us from the love of God which is ours in Christ Jesus, because we don't really want a Savior, we would rather do it ourselves. It is that half truth which hides not only God's love, but his grace and his mercy.
There was a good thing about being young, although we didn't see it at the time. When we were young we might be able to walk by ourselves, but we often needed help because we were not tall enough to reach the doorknob. There were a lot of things we knew we just couldn't do - and we trusted in others to do it for us - we trusted with a child like faith.
I have watched people getting old, and seen a change. A time comes when many can no longer walk by themselves, they need someone to help - they may not like it, but they know they can't do it themselves. But there is also something special, because they also have that child like faith, that there will be someone to help, and they trust and rely in God for life, peace, and salvation.
You see, you need faith to find the peace, life and salvation. And faith is not something you do for yourself - its not that you believe, as a work - its more like letting go - admitting that you cannot do it yourself and trusting that someone else will, someone else can, and waiting until someone else does; that's Faith!
It is only through the eyes of faith that we can receive the peace of God. If we try to come by our works, we can't seem to make sense out of Jesus words:
Come to me, all 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.
Our reason says, sure we can come to God if we are weary and heavy laden - but to take my yoke, or to carry the cross - well, we just cannot understand how that will bring us peace or rest - it just looks like more burdens and more work to do. That's what Jesus meant when he said, you have hidden - not that God has done anything, except the thing we least expect, the thing we cannot understand - for we cannot understand salvation by grace though faith - we cannot understand God's mercy - we cannot understand why God loves us.
That's the paradox of life. That God could love sinners, and send his son to die for their sins, so they could be forgiven, find peace, and rest for their soul. This is God's gift to us in Jesus body and blood.