June 7, 2003Email to a FriendPrint
Matthew 11:29 "Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me"
Strange, isn't it, that God would consider a sinner to be just as innocent as the Sinless One; that for a condemned person, Jesus would dare to die; and that a wayward son would be welcomed home by a forgiving father as if nothing had happened!
Yet here we are, people who have trouble keeping God's will uppermost in our minds and hearts. Like King David of Old Testament days, we are surrounded by problems and troubles on every side. Some of our difficulties are of our own making; some come as a result of the actions of others. All are burdens to carry, and quite often no one seems willing to help.
Yet the Savior's invitation comes to burdened souls with rich assurance. "Come to Me," says the Sinless One. "Take My yoke upon you." Finally, the message sinks in. Someone cares! God sees us in our need. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, who was willing to bear our burdens of sin and sorrow, and even to die for us!
"Talk about being "unevenly yoked" -- we who are weak with the One who is strong! Christ carries us with His tender love. He takes on our burdens and shares with us His Holy Spirit so that we have the needed strength to endure whatever befalls us.
PRAYER: O Lord Jesus Christ, accept our praise for taking away our burdens and making them Your own. Amen.
(Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996, Concordia Publishing House (out of print). For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800-325-3040.)