[QTVOTD] Bear the weight with Jesus…

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good—not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne.” Matthew 11:28-30 ->me: Today I come to the end of chapter 11.  I spent all of my time this morning on these 3 verses, trying to get all the likely meanings of heavy-laden and overburdened.  Most of the commentaries I read pointed to the weight of legalism that was upon the Jews by the Pharisees.  The constant changes in case law meant that there was always some new religious law you needed to heed to.  Jesus spends three verses to communicate the following – 1) Come to Jesus, being with Him will allow you to rest.  2) Share Jesus’ load.  A yoke is meant not only to bear weight but to apply the weight across more bearers.  Jesus is saying ‘wear my yoke with Me; pulling the weight with My help is easy’.  3) Bearing the yoke with Jesus means learning about Him; learning that He is gentle and humble.  4) When you wear Jesus’ yoke, bearing the weight produces goodness and useful outcomes.  Putting on a yoke also locks you into ‘doing’; any direction you move, your actions produce effort against the work to be done.  When you wear Jesus’ yoke you are guaranteed to be inline with the work He is doing.  What does it mean to take on His yoke?? -> According to the verses above it is to LEARN (find or receive instruction) OF/FROM HIM.  Kinda goes with my previous QTs huh?  🙂

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