“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30.
This most familiar bible passage starts by having the Savior, Jesus Christ give an invitation for all to “come.” He gives no preconditions. It doesn’t matter your background, socioeconomic status, age, race, gender, where you live, how you dress, or how you wear your hair. Jesus says come…all ye that labor and are heavy laden. Most of us know what it means to work. On some jobs many work their fingers to the bone and are paid just enough to come back the following Monday. That’s what J.O.B. means — Just Over Broke. So when we come home tired after all of our labor, the first thing we want to do, after cashing our paycheck, is to rest.
We all need rest. You see, the bible says we were made in the image and likeness of God. God in creation worked six days and on the seventh day even He rested. We, likewise, need rest. That is what Jesus is offering you today. He is offering rest. But the difference is this is a spiritual rest. It is a rest for your soul. Why do we need this rest, you may ask? Adam sinned. And by his disobedience, sin entered the world. The dominion that God gave man in the beginning, was now taken by the Serpent who we call Satan. After Adam, every person born of man is now born in sin and shapen in iniquity. It means the glory we once had we no longer possessed. However Jesus offers an olive branch, to take us back to where Adam was before the fall. You see after the fall, the bible records in Genesis chapter 3 that Adam was relegated to work by the sweat of his brow in order to provide for himself and that is the reason that you must work today. But God wants to give you rest. He wants to take you back to Eden. Jesus possesses the ability to give you rest. However, it’s only when you take his yoke upon you that you can learn who He truly is.
The scripture says: “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” What is His yoke? It is to do the will of his Father who sent him. What is His yoke? “…[T]o preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.” Isaiah 61:1-3 KJV. That is Jesus’ yoke. His yoke is to help those who are less fortunate. He was God in the flesh yet made of himself no reputation but took on the form of a servant to help others. He was meek and lowly of heart.
That last passage intimates His yoke and burden are easier and lighter than those that you carry. You may carry unresolved issues from your childhood, relationship pains, church hurt, depression, sickness, disease, financial stress, etc. It seems counter-intuitive that your burdens could be heavier than His because He is the Savior of the world, but it’s true. It’s akin to what a parent does for a child when they are trying to lift a heavy object or grocery bag. The child wants to do it on its own but struggles mightily. The parent, being much stronger, will give the child the lighter bag and take the heavier one into their own hand. Well, that is the offer Jesus makes to us today. Take on His yoke and burden of loving the Father and loving our fellow man, become a minister of reconciliation, share the Gospel of the Kingdom, and do the works of love. You will quickly find His yoke is easy and His burden is light. Then and only then in that transfer will you find true rest for your soul. Rest in the Lord!
Blessings on You!