NOTE: THIS ARTICLE is a reprint from the blog of reverend Kevin Rogers of New Song Church in Windsor, Ontario and is reproduced here for your convenience. You can visit the his blog called "The Orphan Age" HERE.



Matthew 11:

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 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. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”



Jesus says learn from me. If you approach the yoke of Jesus simply as another law you must learn as a religious duty, you will not learn a thing. We learn in the same way that he learned from his father. There are some things that cannot be learned simply as an academic exercise.


 Jesus’ yoke is not lighter because he demands less, but because he bears more of the load with us. In contrast to unconcerned religious teachers who prided themselves on their own position, like some religious leaders today, Jesus was going to lay down his life for the sheep.[1]


It is the love of God that becomes your motivation to learn a better way. He says that he is gentle and humble in heart.  If you are wearing the wrong yoke you will know because of the heart’s condition. You will have a hard time being gentle or humble when you are not connected by love to him.


As strange as it sounds, the yoke that Jesus shares is easy without overwhelming strain on your part. Are you bedraggled, drained and miserable? Jesus says come.




[1] IVP New Testament Commentary Series, Intervarsity Press


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