Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
~ Matthew 11:28-30
Here once again, Jesus makes a compassionate offer to everyone to come to him. He says plainly that everyone is welcome, that there are no heavy, condemning requirements and that rest is guaranteed. What an offer!
No doubt this was welcomed news for the people standing around him. The Pharisees had been quite busy making new rules and regulations for 'religious' Jews to live by. Jesus said that they "load people down with rules and regulations, nearly breaking their backs, but never lift even a finger to help.". Jesus was telling them something that we need to learn today: morality and righteousness can't be legislated; Rules and regulations will never make people live like they should. But human nature will always tell you to work and earn your salvation.
Jesus said his yoke is easy and his burden is light; Two rules covered everything - "You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. A second is equally important: Love your neighbor as yourself.The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”
Are you tired of the 'religious rat race'? Are you tired of the 'rat race' in general?Are you ready for a lighter burden and an easier yoke? I like the old-time song we used to sing that said "take your burdens to the Lord and leave them there".Trade the burdens for rest. Trade the worries and fear for peace.Trade the rules and regulations for justification and sanctification in Jesus. Trade your heart of stone for a heart of flesh. Trade condemnation for acceptance.