Reading: Matthew 11: 25-30
Verse 29: Take my yoke upon you and learn from me… You will find rest for your souls.
Jesus invites all who are “weary and burdened” to come to Him. In the time Jesus lived, many met these conditions. The Romans who ruled the land extracted high taxes that was a great burden to many. Their different gods and laws also placed a burden on the people. Living in this kind of oppression made the people weary. And for many, the Jewish Law added another layer. It was burdensome and made people even more weary. From Jesus’ perspective the Law was cumbersome and impossible to keep on one’s own.
Today many people feel weary and burdened. The lifestyle people live brings these conditions upon them. For some it is self-imposed and for others it is their reality. Some in our society choose to be so busy and involved in so many things that they feel like they are always running on empty. Others in our society feel weary and burdened because of their circumstances in life. Some in this group work and work but feel like they never can get to a place of stability and peace. The money never seems to cover all the bills and the choice must be made between food and electricity. Others in this group are weary and burdened because of addictions or abusive behaviors and always feel trapped and hopeless.
Jesus called out to all the people of His day and continues to call out to us today who feel weary and burdened. Jesus says, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me… You will find rest for your souls”. He invites us to walk a different path, to live a better way. It begins by being yoked to Jesus. This begins by professing Jesus as Lord and Savior of our lives and dedicating our life to following Him. In doing so, we commit to learning from Jesus and the example He set. One may wonder, why take on more? Because Jesus will bring you rest. He will help carry those burdens and troubles. He will give strength and courage to face those sins and demons. With Jesus’ yoke we find contentment and peace in our lives. To all who are weary and burdened, choose Jesus, for “my yoke is easy and my burden is light”. Choose Jesus.