Bringing the Text to Life

B.T.D.T. Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

To a "weary and heavy-laden" generation who has Been There, Done That, Jesus offers something radically new: real rest!

Have you ever watched a commercial for that glow-in-the-dark neon-green soft drink "Mountain Dew"? It's exhausting. The television screen is filled with frenetic action. Young men spend 60 seconds catapulting out of airplanes on snowboards, leaping off cliffs while wearing parachutes, hurtling down rugged mountains on mostly airborne bicycles, and rollerblading through complete loop-the-loops.

In between each adrenaline-pumping activity, though, the screen quickly shifts to a picture of four bored guys standing around doing nothing. Their response to each of these wild scenes is a monotone "been there" or "done that" ... "been there" ... "done that ...." Only when these seen-it, heard-it, done-it-all kids are offered a Mountain Dew to drink are they finally revved up to rush headlong into new death-defying activities, "Dewing it with Mountain Dew."

"Been there, done that" is a current Buster phrase that works both negatively and positively. On the one hand, it can act as a...

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