“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”
It’s one of the best-known and best-loved passages in all of Scripture. In fact, after listening to some of Jesus’s hard sayings in Chapters 10 and 11 it is a relief to hear. Sayings like, “Don’t think I have come to bring peace to the earth; not peace, I tell you, but a sword,” and “Whoever loves father or mother, son or daughter, more than me is not worthy of me” and then something about picking up a cross, are not terribly inviting words.
He also adds these comforting words:
“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.”
But then he says, ‘For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’”
So, in following Jesus which is it; easy, or a burden? I don’t know about you, but it seems to me carry a cross is a burden, none too easy to bear.
Tomorrow, I want to talk about two burdens. The burden of law and the burden of love and we can decide together which one is easier.
Come and see,