Friday, July 17, 2009
My Burden is Light
25 At that time Jesus declared, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; 26 yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. 27 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. 28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 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. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Matthew 11:25-30, English Standard Version
My Burden is Light
In Matthew 11, we have a rare conversation between Jesus and God, the Father. Notice the intimacy between them. Also, note that they are in total agreement with each other, as they must be, because they are separate and yet one God. That is not an easy concept to grasp, but I do not think we are meant to totally understand it; in faith, we know that the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit are three persons, and yet one God.
Notice that no one knows the Son except God, the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son, and only those who the Son chooses to reveal him. That is another concept that is difficult to grasp; through the ages Christians have argued the meaning of that phrase. Again, I think it is important that we accept such things in faith, knowing that God will reveal the truth, as well as the understanding of that truth, when we reach heaven.
Verses 28 through 30, however, are quite clear. Here we have a straight forward call of the Gospel, and how sweet it is!
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.
It does not take long, as an adult, to realize that we all labor and are heavy laden in this world. There is no rest from that burden except through Christ. As Christians, the yoke of Christ is upon us, but that yoke is easy and that burden is light. God does not leave us in the dark, but He lightens our understanding, as Christ implores us, learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
That is our encouragement as we go about the duties of this day, and what a great encouragement it is. Go to Christ; take his yoke upon you and learn from him. His yoke is easy and his burden is light, for Christ is gentle and lowly of heart. What is the result? Rest for your souls.
Only in Christ can we have perfect peace and rest for our souls!
You will find rest for your souls, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light!
God Bless You,