For my yoke is easy (Matt. 11:30)
This verse is beautifully illustrated by John T. Faris in the Leaves of Gold which is an Anthology of Prayers, Memorable Phrases, Inspirational Verse, and Prose (from the best Authors of the world both Ancient and Modern) Edited by Clyde Francis Lytle.
"A man carrying a heavy basket. His son asked to help him. The father cut a stick and placed it through the handle of the basket so that the end toward himself was very short, while the end toward the boy was three or four times as long. Each took hold of his end of the stick, and the basket was lifted and easily carried. The son was bearing the burden with the father, but he found his work easy and light because his father assumed the heavy end of the stick. Just so it is when we bear the yoke with Christ; He sees to it that the burden laid on us is light; He carries the heavy end."
Meditating on this story, I can picture out myself carrying a heavy burden of sin in my heart being one of the worst sinners of all. But God embraced me with His comforting arms when He called me to repentance and sent an angel in my life to receive Jesus as my Lord and my Savior. He truly gives me rest. In the earlier verses of Matthew Eleven (11) Jesus was inviting us. He said in verse 28 "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Verse 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."
The pull of the world is so strong whether you are a believer or non-believer. The heavy burden of all kinds of trials we encounter struggles, pains, rejections, and the like made the people of God circumcised or uncircumcised stray away from faith.
If we only looked on the face of Jesus crucified on the cross, how he was crushed for our transgressions including all our problems, all of our burdens. He took it all. Our pains, sorrows, diseases... everything that made us suffer; for by His stripes... we are healed.
Every time I think of Who is in me, and who is at the end of the stick as I carry that basket of problems... it always gives me strength knowing that the heavy end is in the hand of my Abba Father. What I have is the lighter end of the stick. My Lord Jesus-my Rock and my Redeemer made it easy for me to carry.
Praise the Lord God in your name Jesus.
(REf. Leaves of Gold, Revised Edition
Copyright 1938 by Evan S. Coslett
Revised 1948 by Donald G. Remley
Copyright 1948 by A. C. and D. G. Remley)
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