By Dan Polecheck
“Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30
This invitation is found only once in the Bible. It is a call to those who are weary and burdened. It is a request to enter into an intimate relationship with Him.
Who are the weary and burdened?
Weary – exhausted from your labor of possibly a long journey.
Burdened – carrying a heavy load.
He invites us into this relationship buy saying, “take up My Yoke”.
Yoke – a wooden frame used to join two oxen (or other animals) together to pull or move heavy loads.
The yoke was designed so one animal would become subjective to the other. In doing so the subjective animal would be able to do more work with less energy. This would therefore, lessen the burden on both animals.
The yoke metaphorically refers to Jesus’ style of discipleship. Jesus’ disciples learned directly from him. It is imperative to remember that the yoke can become unbearable if we fail to realize that discipleship to Jesus is not a religious obligation. It is an intimate relationship with Him.