GOSPEL LIVING

Tuesday December 12,2017

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 Isaiah 40:25-31   Psalms 103:1-2, 3-4, 8, 10   Matthew 11:28-30 

28 Come to me, all 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."

Meditation: No one is ever happy in his\her life. He\she is afflicted, wearied, troubled, disappointed and unhappy. But Jesus today invites all of us to his greater love and protection; “Come all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.” He consoles us elsewhere saying, “Cast your burden unto me and I will give you comfort.”
Unlike the false leaders who do not heed to the call “to give rest to the weary,” Jesus promises: “I will give you rest”- that peace and security that comes through a right relationship with God. Those who are “weary and are carrying heavy burdens” are those who have been laden with the Pharisees’ requirements for admission to the kingdom. If they respond to Jesus’ good news they will find the rest they are seeking.
The rabbis spoke of the “Yoke of Torah,” but the Pharisees with their oral tradition had made that yoke heavy on others with their legalistic demands. Jesus yoke in contrast suited to their needs and his burden is light. For he himself is afflicted and lowly in heart.
The Pharisees spoke of the yoke of the law, the yoke of commandment, yoke of kingdom etc. Jesus says “My yoke is easy.” The word easy in Greek is Christos which means well fitting. The yoke was carefully adjusted, so that it should fit well. Thus Jesus says “My yoke fits well.” It means that “The life I give you is not a burden to gall you, your task is made to measure to fit you.”

Bro. Dynish