the other day i had one of those mornings where i woke up and was tired and weary. one of those mornings where i felt exhausted and had to drag myself out of bed to the counter to read my bible. and as i read, i read this:
“come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. for My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” (matthew 11:28-30)
what an invitation. come to Jesus all who have been trying to earn your salvation. come to Jesus from that crushing burden of religion and good works. legalism is a hard yoke. the law is a hard yoke. and yet Jesus says, “come” – come and find rest for your souls. here the yoke involves submitting to Him and learning from Him. Jesus’ yoke is the yoke of discipleship. and in so many ways it is not easy and in so many ways it is burdensome beyond what we can bear.
but i think what makes the yoke easy and the burden light is the fact that we are joined to Jesus in it. and He has already done the hardest of work for us by defeating sin and satan. and He has already carried the crushing weight of our burdens on that cross. and there is that sweet sound of victory as He cried out, “it is finished.”
and we can rest in that – the sweetest of truths.
“the greatest note of triumph ever sounded in the ears of a startled universe was that sounded on the Cross of Christ— ‘it is finished!'” – Oswald Chambers
it’s a curious thing that i read this passage a few mornings ago and marveled at how timely it was in light of exams just a few weeks out. i mean, really? maybe i will blame my ignorance and my selfishness on how tired i was that morning. i mean, what was i thinking? was i thinking that the thought of rest in the midst of exams would bring me some kind of comfort? did i think that a couple law school exams some how made me heavy laden?
well, maybe that’s why God so chose to remind me of the gospel this morning. because heavy laden was for the days before i knew Jesus and realized all He has done for me. the hard yoke was for when i believed i had to do good works to get into heaven but couldn’t figure out how i’d ever have a shot in light of all the bad things i had done.
if comfort is what i am looking for, then squeezing some passage into my circumstances is not going to give that to me. if comfort is what i am looking for, then i must find that in the gospel.
if rest is what i am looking for, then squeezing some passage into my circumstances is not going to give that to me. if rest is what i am looking for, then i must find it in the gospel.
today’s margin note: the gospel is my only solace. cling to it now, cling to it always.