When we read the four gospels about Jesus, we read about Jesus and His teachings, His birth, His ministry.
We learn about His disciples.
We see His travels, His prayer habits, we find many of His parables and even the rejection of many of His hearers.
We also learn of His fulfillment of the whole Old Testament.
In all four accounts of the gospels (Mathew, Mark, Luke and John), we see and learn of the accounts of His unjust arrest, His shameful death and His wonderful and marvelous resurrection.
Just think of the thousands upon thousands of books written by theologians and great Christian writers over these last 2000-plus years about the things of Jesus.
But out of the 89 chapters of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, it is only in Matthew 11:25-29 that Jesus tells us with His own words about His own heart — “gentle and lowly.”
It’s in this verse, Jesus pulls back the veil and lets us peer down into the very core of His heart, of who He is.
In biblical terms, the heart is not part of who we are, but the whole and very center of who we are. Our heart is what defines us and what directs us. The heart is a matter of life, it’s what makes us, us. The heart is our motivation headquarters of what we do. And Jesus exposes His very heart, the innermost recesses of His being, and we find His heart is “gentle and lowly.”
So, putting these two together — the point of “gentle and lowly” — is that Jesus is accessible. Even Jesus in all His glory and holiness, His supreme uniqueness, no one in human history has ever been more approachable than Jesus Christ. He is accessible. If we only could say one thing about Jesus, we would be honoring Him in His own words and teachings by saying, the very heart of Jesus is “gentle and lowly.”
And as the thought continues into verse 29, that if we accept His offer and lean upon Him and take His yoke, we can and will find rest for our soul. Because His yoke (load) is easy, and His burden (hardship) is light compared to anything else in this world.
That’s the very heart of Jesus — “gentle and lowly.”