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A yoke, no not that of an egg but of oxen. Matthew 11:28-30 “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 by burden is light.” How you respond to the idea of a yoke is far different than those who heard Jesus’ words. Remember a disciple is a student of a Rabbi and the disciple was expected to place himself in position of complete obedience and dedication to his philosophy. It was truly the disciples desire to become just like him. This was said to be taking on the ‘yoke’ of the Rabbi.

While the image of a yoke may appear burdensome, the desire is to pull the same load as his teacher. The best way is to willingly bind oneself to his yoke and cart.  Well, what is this yoke Jesus is talking about? It is his teaching, it is studying and learning what the Rabbi teaches and does. While learning may be hard work at times, sitting at the feet of Jesus we will experience the ‘yoke’ to be light and easy. That is not to say the life of a disciple will be easy, no it is difficult and Jesus makes it very clear when calling people he says things like: “Take up your cross and follow me,” “the world will hate you on account of me,” “you will have tribulation in this world, but,” “foxes have holes but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head” and so on.  Is it worth taking his yoke upon us, of course it is? As he told Peter and the rest, no one has given up earthly things to follow him that would not be compensated in this life. Not to mention the certain hope of eternal life we don’t deserve. The joy and satisfaction we receive far outweighs the sacrifices we make.

Some people make Christianity into a load of religious rules and laws making it legalism. To be sure there is no joy in that nor rest. To think one must jump through religious hoops to gain or maintain God’s forgiveness and peace is hard and a failure to understand what Jesus taught. It is Jesus who takes the burden of sin and gives grace and strength to obey his teaching resulting in rest now and in eternity.

Are you tired trying to please God by all the good things you do and the bad things you avoid? Then surrender the world’s yoke for Jesus’ yoke, learn what he is like and you will fine rest.


Pr. Bob

By the Way:

Pray for our serving at Tree Town and Billy who will have knee surgery May 28.

Sunday 26, 9:00 Morning worship. Sermon: Remember the Fallen