Scripture: 1 Samuel 28-29, Psalm 109, Matthew 11

Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all of you who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke and put it on you, and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in spirit; and you will find rest. 30For the yoke I will give you is easy, and the load I will put on you is light.”

Observation/application

I love Jesus!

He invites us, “Come to me.”  And what will He do when we come?  Give us rest!  Spiritual leaders in Jesus’ day loaded people down with rules, regulations, and religious duties.  In Matthew 23, Jesus criticized the religious leaders (“experts in the law”): V. 4 “They tie on to people’s backs loads that are heavy and hard to carry, yet they aren’t willing even to lift a finger to help them carry those loads.”

Jesus didn’t come to make us more religious; He came to make us more alive!

Religion tends to stifle life, to bury it beneath a load of duty.  Jesus came to bring life, life to the full!  (John 10:10)

Two things:

First, here is another reminder that the gospel is spelled DONE, not DO.  Jesus doesn’t load us down with more to do in order to be accepted by God.  We are already accepted because of what He has done for us.  You are love—it is done.  You are accepted—it is done.  You are forgiven—it is done.  It is done by Jesus, not you—you simply come to Him and receive.

Second, the load that Jesus puts on us is light.  If you feel burdened by religious duties, you are not carrying the load of Jesus, but a load of your own doing.  Jesus’ load is light.  I like to think that Jesus took all of the Law—the rabbis had counted 613 commands—and Jesus told us to love God and love people.  That would fulfill all the law.  Simple.  Not easy, but simple.  A doable focus.  A light load.  Life-giving!

Are you feeling burdened, weary, overwhelmed?  Come to Jesus.  Let Him take your burden and give you His.  For His yoke is easy and His load is light.

Prayer: I love you Lord.  I love that You came to make us more alive, to free us from the burden of religion, and fill us with the joy of life to the full.