What Burden Was He Talking About?

Q. In Matthew 11:30, Jesus said my yoke is easy and my burden is light. What burden do you think Jesus was talking about?

A. This and the two verses that precede it are among my favorites.

“Come to me, all you 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.” (Matt. 11:28-30)

Jesus lifted many heavy burdens from our shoulders. Chief among these are the burden of sin and its eternal consequences.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

Then there’s the burden of trying to live up to the requirements of God’s Law. In Romans 8:1-2 Paul said,

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.”

He also freed us from the burden of life’s worries. He said,

“So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matt. 6:31-33).

And He lifted the burden of fear that we will do something that causes Him to take back everything He’s given us.

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one” (John 10:27-30)

That left us with just one burden and it’s a light one. When they asked him what we must do to do the work God requires of us He answered,

“The work of God is this, to believe in the one He sent” (John 6:28-29).

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