© 2012 • Hillcrest Church of Christ
by Danny Boggs
“Come to Me, all who labor and are 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” (Matthew 11:28-30). We don’t have to suffer under sin’s wearisome load anymore! Jesus gives rest.
But what is a yoke doing in the middle of an invitation to rest? A yoke pairs two beasts of burden. It fastens around their necks so they can plow together. A yoke usually symbolizes submission and bondage. A yoke doesn’t typically suggest rest.
The truth is, every one of us is locked in a yoke before we come to Jesus. Jeremiah wept in behalf of his people: “My transgressions were bound into a yoke; by His hand they were fastened together; they were set upon my neck; He caused my strength to fail” (Lamentations 1:14). Everyone is either a slave to sin which leads to death or a slave to obedience which leads to righteousness (Romans 6:16). When we are yoked to sin, the yoke is iron, and sin does not pull its share of the load. Trudging through life without Christ is the worst of burdens.
As we keep working toward the end of life’s row, the choice is not whether to be yoked, but which yoke to wear. We can stay yoked to sin and its dead weight, or we can be joined to Jesus. His yoke is easy and His burden is light. He’s a workhorse!
Drawing on His power for the work, and enjoying His gentle and humble company until the work is finished — we can rest in that yoke.