The Yoke’s On Me
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, 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.” Matthew 11: 28-30
This is one of my favorite passages in all of scripture. Here Jesus calls anyone who is struggling to simply come to Him and then find rest. This message is so comforting because we all struggle at times and desperately need to find a place of comfort and rest so that we can just recharge and face another day of challenges.
However, the way Jesus wants us to find this rest is very unique. In fact it is a total contradiction. In order to find the rest that Jesus wants us to have He invites us to take His yoke upon us. In the world yokes are meant for oxen or other beasts of burden, so that they can be controlled better while carrying very heavy loads. Yet the yoke Jesus suggests for us is one that is not burdensome at all, in fact it is easy and light.
Jesus wants us yoked with Him so that we can learn directly from Him how to better navigate the path He sets before us in this life. Yokes are usually made for two animals so that they can pull in tandem, side by side. Here I believe Jesus is suggesting to us that we should allow His Spirit to be yoked with us. This makes perfect sense because The Holy Spirit, the Paraclete, is literally “The One called alongside us”. Why would we ever go it alone in this life when God has fully provided a better way for us. A way to do it with HIM, instead of all on our own.
Jesus clearly wants us in His yoke so that we can learn directly from Him. However, far too many of us are yoked with something or someone else altogether. Yoke with the church and it will fail you. Yoke with a Pastor and they will fail you. Even yoke with the bible and it will fail you. Jesus and His Spirit are the only ones who really fit into the yoke with you. So if you want to learn directly from The One who is gentle and humble in heart, Jesus Himself, then step right up and take His yoke upon you. This is THE way Jesus wants us to learn. Sermons get you no where. The bible only gets you part way. Same goes for commentaries or other written works of men. Sure secondary revelation can help at times, but there is nothing like direct teaching and revelation from The One called right alongside us.
Why read a book when you can actually experience Truth in Love? Why settle for a postcard when you can actually take the trip for yourself? We all have plenty of questions, but ONLY HE has answers.
Kirk Out !
P.s. Please be praying for Janet’s Mom, Ann? She found out yesterday that she has inoperable cancer. She loves and follows Jesus, but the whole family needs prayer right now. Hospice care will start soon.