Jesus closes His commanding invitation with two simple promises. First, Jesus promised that His yoke is easy. 1The Greek term for “easy” (“χρηστὸς“) means kind, excellent, good, and pleasant. See Luke 6:35, page 1608, where Jesus described Himself as kind to ungrateful and evil men; see also 1 Peter 2:3, page 1895, where new born babies in Christ long for the milk of the Word of God, because they have tasted of the kindness of the Lord.” So, we must be yoked to Jesus to find rest, but He described His yoke as pleasant. Consider the yoke of slavery every unbeliever wears while they continue on the spiritual journey. You may think you are free, but the Word of God describes you as yoked to the slavery of sin. In Galatians 5:1, page 1824, Paul reminded the Galatian believers that they should not return to a yoke of slavery to sin. Every person on earth has a yoke of one kind or another. Either you are yoked to Jesus Christ, learning from Him and enjoying His pleasant yoke, or you are yoked to the slavery of sin, and living under the dominion of Satan and His evil ways (Galatians 1:4, page 1819; Colossians 1:13-14, page 1841; Romans 6:16, page 1766). Second, Jesus promised that His burden was light. ((The Greek term for “light” (“ἐλαφρόν“). The only other use of this exact term occurs in 2 Corinthians 4:17, page 1808, to describe the momentary “light” (“ἐλαφρόν“) affliction which cannot be compared to the eternal weight of glory and the salvation we have in Jesus Christ. So, to summarize, Jesus promised that if you would take His yoke, you will end your spiritual journey seeking eternal life. Once yoked to Jesus, you will find life in Him pleasant and His burden light. I urge you to come to Jesus today.
So, we learn today that Jesus commands us to come to Him and find rest for our souls. We will learn from Him, and He will always be humble and gentle in heart. His yoke will be easy and His burden light, for all eternity. We will truly find rest for our souls when we end our spiritual journey by coming to Jesus.
Application for Today
As you walk through life today, will you come to Jesus today? He commands you to come to Him, take His yoke upon you and end your spiritual journey. He promised that He is gentle and humble in heart, and that you will find rest for soul. Jesus also promised that His yoke is easy and His burden is light. Only in Jesus will you find spiritual rest that will never disappoint you. Will you come to Jesus today and take His yoke upon you and learn from Him?
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|1.||↑||The Greek term for “easy” (“χρηστὸς“) means kind, excellent, good, and pleasant. See Luke 6:35, page 1608, where Jesus described Himself as kind to ungrateful and evil men; see also 1 Peter 2:3, page 1895, where new born babies in Christ long for the milk of the Word of God, because they have tasted of the kindness of the Lord.”|