“Jesus’ Easy Yoke” (Matthew 11: 28, ESV) by Carley Evans

Do you labor under a heavy weight? Are you burdened in your day to day existence? Jesus says, “Come to Me. I will give you rest.”

Jesus tells us to take His yoke upon ourselves. We are to learn from Him. Jesus claims to be “gentle and lowly in heart.” (Matthew 11: 29) He says that His “yoke is easy, and [His] burden is light.” (Matthew 11: 30)

What exactly makes Jesus’ yoke easy?

When I was little, I wanted my own way most of the time. I said ‘No’ a lot, especially to my parents. I can’t think of a single instance in which this made me happier than if I’d just said ‘Yes’ to my parents. Not one. I can’t think of a time when wanting and getting my own way helped me. My stubborn heart has harmed me more often than not.

Jesus says, “I Am gentle and lowly in heart.” Jesus, who is God, claims to be humble! He claims to set aside Himself for others. His yoke is light; His burden virtually non-existence because He puts others above Himself! He dies for the world! He sets aside His own glory for others!

Jesus calls us to enter His rest. We are to rest from our own work, and step inside His. Jesus has finished His work; and His yoke is easy to wear: light and not burdensome. His yoke calls us to set aside our own stubborn willfulness and give to others that which He gives to us — Himself.

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