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My burden is light.

Discussion in 'General Theology' started by Hmm, Feb 4, 2021.

  1. 1213

    1213 Disciple of Jesus

    I have understood that it means, we don’t have massive requirements what we must do to follow him. And even if we have difficult job, he will make it so that we can bear it and so it is easier.
  2. David Hunter

    David Hunter Be passionate about pursuing your purpose in life. Supporter

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    God does have work for us to do. The way I look at that verse/passage is that compared to working for the world, working for Jesus is a whole lot easier. Sure, you may be persecuted and go through tough times, but it's bearable with the Holy Spirit. Where, if you're living for the world it's all on you, no help from the Holy Spirit... Now that sounds like a heavy burden.
  3. True Counterphobia

    True Counterphobia Slave to Christ Supporter

    United States
    I think to find the real answer to this question, you have to look up all the passages that talk about "yoke" in the OT. I've done this before. What I learned is that there are many passages in the Bible that talk about the "yoke" of Israel becoming "heavy" because of sin. It was like a curse that their yoke was heavy. It's much the same as when Adam sinned and God kicked Adam and Eve out of the garden and then God took away blessings from them. For Adam it was that the ground would be hard to till and he would have to work it all his life. It's the same with how the word yoke is used in the OT. So Jesus is saying, "Come to me, you sinners, and I will give you rest from your sin and restore you."
  4. chilehed

    chilehed Veteran

    It's important to remember the culture this language arose in. An easy yoke is one that's well-fitted to the animal wearing it: no voids or hotspots, it distributes the load evenly. Like a perfectly fitted pair of shoes.

    God's yoke for us is like that: perfectly suited to us individually for the work he intends us to do, and for our spiritual growth. That doesn't mean the work will be a pleasant experience.
  5. public hermit

    public hermit social troglodyte Supporter

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    This is really helpful. So, it's as if Jesus is saying, God created you to live this way. This way is fitting or appropriate for the creature that you are. Or, something like that?
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  6. fhansen

    fhansen Oldbie

    Our burdens are different, but Christ is there to help shoulder, and so lighten them, even when they're heavier than the burdens of others. It's written that Stephen's face was as that of an angel when they accused him, and he forgave as they were stoning him. Other martyrs in later years were said to have a peace, and would even pray or sing while being martyred.
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  7. PaulCyp1

    PaulCyp1 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    It doesn't mean that we don't have difficulty in our lives. It means that God gives us the strength to accept and survive burdens that would destroy people who have nothing to rely on but their own human strength.
  8. chilehed

    chilehed Veteran

    Yeah, something like that.
  9. TJB

    TJB New Member Supporter

    United Kingdom
    In Relationship
    Very interesting observation, I've always felt that paradox too. Maybe as you get drawn close to God, you get an inner strength which then also brings you into conflict with all sorts of mediocrities and resistances. IF sin also manifests itself in a 'structural' way as well as being personal (i.e in society/groups/politics and the church sometimes) we are called to resist it ..... but with inner calm and strength...

    Does that make sense in any way?
  10. Mink61

    Mink61 New Member

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    Reading the whole passage: "Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light". Matthew 11: 28-30.

    To me, this passage is about giving "it" to Jesus. Giving him our "burdens", that is, our worries, concerns, anxieties, unease, difficulties, troubles, and problems to him. Our mental and emotional "angst", so to speak.

    Whether our worry is about the condition of the world and/or our own personal lives, we can rest in Jesus knowing that HE can handle it.
  11. Hmm

    Hmm Well-Known Member

    United Kingdom
    Yes it does.

    I think, too, that Christians should speak up about political values. Jesus was very political and we are to follow Him we need to share His concern for justice and the poor and weak. That's bound to bring us into conflict with all sides in political arguments because no side, left or right, can claim God as always being on its side.
  12. Religiot

    Religiot Well-Known Member

    United States
    My own experience is that Christ's burden is light compared to the burdens I did bear before I turned my life to Him: He took the heavy stuff off my back, and put it on His, and then took me by the hand and lifted me up off the ground, and put His arm over my shoulder... ...His burden is light.

    He saved me. And now I tell others about Him, and I love to glorify Him.

    His commands are not burdensome, but the counsels of my greatest friend, my Maker, my Savior, my Master.

    I've served others in the past, like my children: changing their diapers, and feeding them, and bathing them, and making sure they had everything they needed, was pure pleasure, because I loved them.

    The Lord gave me my children, and my life: to serve Him is more pleasurable, even to the point of death; for I would die for my children, how much more for Him who gave them to me.

    His gifts are good, because He is good, and on top of all of that, He paid for all of my errors, and all of my evils, this all, by giving His life.

    I love Him.

    I long to meet Him.

    His burden is light.
  13. Minister Monardo

    Minister Monardo Well-Known Member Supporter

    United States
    If we back up to verse 27 to better establish context, we see that the Lord is speaking in
    regards to coming to the Father, for seeking reconciliation. Does Christ place any burden on
    us in that regard?

    Matthew 11:
    25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
    that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes.
    26 Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight.
    27 All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son
    except the Father.
    Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one
    to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.

    28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
    29 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.
    30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.

    There are burdens in life for every man, woman, and child (obey your parents)

    The world places burdens of difficulty on us. The enemy tries to steal our peace.
    But a burden we must carry in order to approach the throne of God? [easy & light]
    We have access in humility, and whatever burdens we do have, we cast them upon the Lord.
    1 Peter 5:
    6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt
    you in due time,
    7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
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