Today I would like to talk to you about a light bulb moment I had about a passage in the bible; that particular passage is Matthew 11:28-30 (KJV). Many of you are probably familiar with this passage…
28 Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 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.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
When I read this passage and I have read it many times, it didn’t really make sense to me. Putting on a yoke doesn’t sound easy and it doesn’t sound light. It sounds like an additional burden, it sounds restrictive, it sounds heavy, it doesn’t sound like something that would give you rest, it sounds more like labor and restriction, then restful.
Then it so happened that I was listening to Joyce Meyer a few weeks ago and she was talking about this same passage and she pointed out the fact that Jesus was talking about a double yoke. The people of Jesus’s time would have completely gotten that, because that is what they used on their oxen; they used a double yoke to pull loads and to plow their fields and they would have understood that by putting on the double yoke that Jesus is in affect taking the burden off of your shoulders, he is sharing the burden with you, sharing that weight with you and giving you rest.
It was an epiphany moment for me. I don’t know why I had never put that together, the passage that had always been a little confusing to me suddenly made perfect sense. And I realized that yes, of course Jesus is taking and sharing that weight with me. I can come unto him and he can give me rest. He will take that weight from me and I know that I can find perfect rest and peace in him if I will only come to Him and rest in Him.
For those of you that always understood that, bravo! For the rest of you that never did understand that passage, now you can feel better knowing that you were not alone.
So come to Jesus and let him take that burden from you and know that you can rest in Him.