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.” — Matthew 11:28-30.
“Come to Me…and I will give you rest!” Jesus has the authority to invite people to Himself. He does not extend His invitation to the strong but to the weary and burdened.
“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.” Though the law had been given by God as a help to His people, the oral traditions of the scribes and Pharisees went far beyond the demands of God and became a heavy burden (12:2; 15:2). When the law was understood as a way of salvation, it became a “yoke of slavery” (Gal. 5:1). By contrast, the yoke of Jesus, while demanding, is “easy” because it is from One who is “gentle and lowly in heart” and can provide true rest for the soul. When Jesus stated that he was “lowly in heart” (Matt. 11:29), He meant that He was conscientiously following the Father’s plan for His earthly life.
“For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” — Matchless paradox, even among the paradoxically couched maxims in which our Lord delights! That rest which the soul experiences when once safe under Christ’s wing makes all yokes easy, all burdens light. [JFB.]
May we respond to His invitation and come to Jesus and learn from Him and find rest for our souls.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.