Question:I have a question about Jesus' statement, "Take
My yoke . . . for it is easy." What does it mean?
Bible Answer: The religious leaders
of Jesus' day had established a long list of spiritual duties for others
to perform. Scripture reveals that the religious leaders did not
keep all of their own rules even though they imposed them on the people.
The list of duties was designed to prevent the Jewish people, the laymen,
from violating God's laws. As a result, their leaders imposed hundreds
of religious rules that cannot be found in the Bible. The rules were
a burden. This helps us understand Jesus' statement to some of the religious
leaders in the following passages.
But He said, “Woe to you lawyers as
well! For you weigh men down with burdens hard to bear, while you yourselves
will not even touch the burdens with one of your fingers. (NASB) Luke
God's laws are not a burden. This is why Jesus said this,
Come to Me, all who are weary
and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My
yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. For My yoke
is easy and My burden is light.” (NASB) Matt. 11:28-30
Jesus used two very important Greek words in this passage.
They are translated as "weary" and "heavy-laden." They
are both present participle verbs. This means Jesus was describing someone
who is constantly weary and constantly heavily burdened. It is clear
that Jesus was speaking in a spiritual sense because He adds, "You
will find rest for your souls."
The Jewish leaders taught that those who kept their list of rules would
go to heaven some day. God only asks that we believe Him and are willing
to let Him change our life and help us to avoid sin. That is, Jesus asks
us to believe in Him as our Savior and Lord.
Conclusion:Jesus' burden is light. He asks us
to believe in Him - trust