Are you fed up? Are you fed up with everything that is happening and do you feel that longing and desire to live differently? Many find that they live in a routine, face stress, and feel stressed and pressured.
That way you can be ‘fed up’, or you can be fed with the Word of God that nourishes, encourages and strengthens.
We don’t necessarily change when we “see the light,” but when we feel the pain.
We’ve looked at some ‘heavy’ topics over the past few weeks and that’s not always a bad thing, but these are tough times, and Jesus lived, taught, and ministered to people in tough times, very tough times.
Jesus Christ spoke to people who were tired and burdened. His solution was: “Come to me.”
Jesus saw people carrying heavy loads and wanted to help them.
During these last few months we have seen several prominent people take their own lives. They may have been famous, but they were not fulfilled, with a lot of money, but without much meaning, a lot to live for, but not a lot to live.
Many did not appreciate the ministry of John the Baptist. In fact, there were those who did not appreciate much. When the appropriate music was played, they did not dance. When a dirge was sung, they did not cry.
The cities of Corazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum, in northern Israel, rejected the preaching and teaching of Jesus.
They liked the miracles but not the message. Jesus appealed to these people: “Come to me.” We read about this in Matthew Chapter 11: Take the time, and take the time to read these verses, and find what you may be looking for.
Some came to Jesus for all kinds of reasons. He did not care why people came to Him, as long as they came. Jesus Christ offers rest to the weary. Those who carry a heavy load are invited to share their load with him.
Give him the best and the best of your life. Give him the bad and the worst in life: disappointments, pain, sadness and frustrations.
When Jesus Christ spoke to weary and burdened men and women, He asked them, “Come to me,” so that they may rest. He did not say, to the synagogue – nor to a program, seminary, conference, religion, rules, regulations and rituals – but, “Come to me.”
There may be nothing wrong with some of these, but Jesus’ invitation was, and is, very different.
Offer a yoke. “Oh no, I don’t want a yoke – my current load is enough!” It is the image of two oxen plowing up and down a field.
Jesus wants to share the burden we carry and be the companion of our life. Then we move together, in the same direction and at the same pace. We can’t go faster or get into trouble, whatever that problem is.
As a carpenter you may have made the softest yokes in Nazareth, but it is still a yoke and you cannot be proud or arrogant when your head is in a yoke, but you will never lose your dignity when you are yoked with Jesus Christ, ever.
The offer is “rest” for our lives, which means more than tired muscles. Jesus also cares for minds that experience anxieties and worries.
This is the opposite of the culture of today’s society. ‘Go; fill your time; you need to have more and be more ‘, but that never satisfies the void.
“If only I could grasp that thing or have that quality as part of my character, if only I could get to the top of the mountain and enjoy the view from such a high position.” All of that would be so temporary.
We will be attached to something. The Jesus yoke is easy and fits perfectly, and it will fit just how you wear it.
“Loving and merciful God – we see and learn and remember that You are so concerned about us. You care about our situations and circumstances. We come to You again and again. We come to rest – out of mercy – out of grace – out of forgiveness – because of the Peace. Give us that rest that our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ spoke of. Amen. “