February 7, 2024 - Good Morning! It's Wednesday, February 7.
This morning, we take a look at a famous passage from the Word of God, Matthew 11:28-30. Here it is in the King James Version.
Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
A man was driving by a farm one day, and he saw an old farmer plowing his field behind two oxen. He was surprised that while one ox was full grown and huge, the other was very young and much, much smaller. It was almost a comical picture. He stopped and asked the farmer why he would do such a thing. The old man smiled and explained that the yoke was fashioned in a way that the big ox was pulling almost all the weight, and the young ox was there merely to learn.
What a perfect metaphor for this famous scripture passage. Everyone lives under some kind of yoke, but Jesus invites us to leave the burdensome yokes of the world, and find peace with Him. And Jesus isn't the farmer in this story, He is our yoke partner. "Come unto ME", he says, "Learn of ME". Jesus isn't talking about a religion, He's talking about a relationship. And in this world of trouble, tragedy, and turmoil, it is a relationship that can bring us . . . rest.
Meet you back here tomorrow,