“For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John. And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come. He who has ears, let him hear. To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others: ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’ For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is proved right by her actions.”
Then Jesus began to denounce the cities in which most of His miracles had been performed, because they did not repent. “Woe to you, Korazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! If the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you. And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted up to the skies? No, you will go down to the depths. If the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day. But I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.”
At that time Jesus said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was Your good pleasure.”
“All things have been committed to Me by My Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one know the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him. 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 My burden is light.” Matthew 11:13-30
That was a long passage of Scripture for one little article, but it was necessary for the point. In reality, I wanted to print the whole of Matthew 11. I encourage you to read it. The last three verses are a wonderful invitation from our loving Savior to come to Him, learn from Him and receive rest for our souls. What a gift! Rest for your soul! The many things that encumber our souls and cause weariness and burden can be relieved by coming to and learning from Christ.
Do you even realize how much burden your soul carries? We, each of us, begin to manifest the sin within us so early in life that we often don’t recognize it as that which can be relieved. It is ‘who I am’, not able to be separated from us. Add that to the impact of the sin of all the people around me, and we can feel pretty entrenched. Now, throw into the mix, the particular sin of man-made religion and its rules and fabricated views of God, which are then used by individuals and societies to validate their expectations and judgments of us. That is a heavy burden!
Jesus knows about the burdens we carry. When He walked as a man, He was without personal sin but He was definitely confronted with everyone else’s. The contradictory demands and expectations of people, the viciousness of their condemnation and accusation when they didn’t get what they wanted, the self-absorption that left whole communities unresponsive to even His miraculous acts, let alone to the proclamation of the truth: Jesus knows about burden. More importantly, He knows how to carry the light burden and leave everything else behind. He saw all the junk that people wanted to put on Him, but in His gentleness and humility, He refused everything but the easy yoke of living only to please the Father.
This is His invitation to us: Come to Him, take His yoke and learn from Him the way of gentleness and humility that is the light burden and relief for our souls. Come to Him to know the Father and the only expectation that matters. Come to Him to learn how to walk through a world of strident demands of ‘give me what I want’ but remain concerned only for what the Father wants. Come to Him to learn the way of life and peace. Your soul was created to be with Him. Only with Him will your soul find rest.