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1 Peter 1:3 (25 kb)

My Yoke Is Easy
June 5, 2022

It is a mistake for the believer to attempt to bear life's burdens alone in a single collar. It has never been God's intent for us to bear our burdens alone. That is why He has a yoke for us. A yoke is designed for two. And the Lord gives us the invitation to let Him be one of the two in the yoke. When we step into the yoke of Jesus we will find rest from our burdens.

My Yoke Is Easy

Jesus gives us an invitation to step into the yoke with Him so that our burdens will not be so heavy. Even though we will still be busy we will not be pulling the load or bearing the weight by ourselves. Jesus has been around much longer, forever in fact, and He certainly is much stronger. He has the experience. He has the compassion. He takes on most of the burden Himself. His yoke is easy because He is doing the most of the work.

When we get to the point we are stressed out we need to learn how to experience rest. If we only needed physical rest we could just take a nap or sit down awhile. We could go on a vacation or retreat for emotional rest. But the real rest we need, and of which Jesus was referring, is spiritual rest. The Pharisees of Christ's time had burdened the people with so many traditions and so much legalism they were actually wearing from trying to be a good Jew. Christ was bothered by what He saw and offered the people a rest that comes only from Him. He made a promise that if they would step into the yoke with Him they would not only find rest, they would also find their burdens would become lighter. Jesus promised He would also teach them.

James Botts wrote, "Human effort falls far short of the standard God requires. The cross is the place of exchange where what I am is placed on Him and what He is, is given to me."[i]

In 1930 an unusual event took place. It still represents an open case in the FBI missing-person files. On August 15, after dining out with his family, a New York State Supreme Court Justice named Joseph Carter hailed a taxi and was never seen or heard from again. The FBI thought the disappearance might be work-related as the judge had heard many mob cases. But there was no real evidence to support that theory. All investigations led to dead-ends. The only clue was a note he left for his wife and family. It said, ˜I am very, very tired. Love, Joe." That was the last anyone ever heard from him.

I think many of us feel that way. Jesus has something to say to the person who is exhausted, to the person who is worn out, chewed up and spit out by life. He offers rest to those who are frustrated, hurting, and tired.[ii]

We all find ourselves burdened from time to time. Our burden may be financial stress, a sick or dying loved one, family obligations, job demands, the list goes on. Jesus has made us this promise of rest and comfort. He has promised to carry the most of our burdens. He has promised to teach us.

However, His yoke is not forced upon us. We have an invitation from Him, and we must willingly take His yoke upon us. We do not have the privilege of not wearing a yoke at all, though. If we do not take the yoke of Christ upon us, then our shoulders must bear the weight of sin and weariness.

Why try to bear your burdens alone when there is such a precious help? If you are a believer Christ will help you with your spiritual burdens. If you have not accepted Christ as your personal Savior, then you are under the burden of sin and spiritual despair. Christ wants you to come unto Him. That is His invitation to you: "Come unto me."