Bear Jesus’ Yoke to Unburden Your Yoke

(MatthewThe Physician Doesn’t Want Her Daughter be Entertained, but Look What She Does to Get What She Wants. Read more ... » 11:16-19, 25-30)

By Rev. Dr. Sergio ArevaloTuloy Po Kayo! (Welcome!). Read more ... », Jr.

July 06, 2014 (4th Sunday after Pentecost613 Laws Summarize Into Two. Read more ... »)

 

Introduction

In the ChristianThe Obedience of Joseph. Read more ... » community, crossThree Things Expected of a Disciple. Read more ... » is very popular. It was the symbol of the yoke of ChristGlory to God in the Highest. Read more ... » when he saved us from our sinsNew Year, New Creation. Read more ... ». The cross was used by the JewsWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... » and the Romans to punish“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... » JesusThe Obedience of Joseph. Read more ... ».

The yoke of Christ was offered to people. At first JohnThe Transfiguration of Jesus. Read more ... » the Baptist brought that to them, and afterwards Jesus brought it to them, too. However, they just criticized them. Jesus says, “Because John didn’t comeFollow Me: The Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... » eating or drinking, yet people say, ‘He has a demonJesus is Missing!. Read more ... »!’ The Son of ManHis Master Asks This Man, His Answer Triggers the Opening of Big Secret. Read more ... » came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunk, a friendLazarus’ Raising as a Proof of Resurrection. Read more ... » of taxGlory to God in the Highest. Read more ... » collectors and sinners!’ Absolved from every act of sin, is wisdomThe Two Disciples’ Heart Burning Experience. Read more ... » by her kith and kin.” (Mt.11:18-19).

I. Some People are Confused (Mt. 11:16-19).Thoughtful man

Jesus said in Mathew 11:16-19,“To what can I compare the people living today? They’re like little childrenJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » who sit in the marketplaces and shout to each other, ‘A weddingWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... » song we played for you, the dance you simply scorned. A woeful dirge we chanted, too, but then you would not mourn.’  Because John didn’t come eating or drinking, yet people say, ‘He has a demon!’ The SonWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... » of ManHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... » came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunk, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Absolved from every act of sin, is wisdom by her kith and kin.”

Jesus shows in this passage how confused the people in his timeHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... ». In Tagalog saying“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... », “Sala sa lamig, sala sa init” (They don’t knowHow to Know the Presence of the Holy Spirit?. Read more ... » whether they like it cold or hot.). It shows only the confusion of people. We piped unto you, and ye did not dance; we wailed, and ye did not mourn” (v.17).

Harry Truman enjoyed telling about the man who was hit on the head at work. The blow was so severe he was knocked unconscious for an extended period of time.

His familyJesus is Missing!. Read more ... », convinced he was deadJesus is Missing!. Read more ... », called the funeral home“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... » and asked the local undertaker to pick him up at the hospital, which he did.

Early the following morning this dear man suddenly awoke and sat straightWhat? Saint Augustine Was Homosexual?. Read more ... » up in the casket.

Confused, he blinked several times and looked around, trying to put the whole thing together. He thought, “If I’m alive, what in the worldJesus is the Redeemer. Read more ... » am I doing in this soft, satin-filled box? And if I’m dead, why do I have to go to the bathroom?” (sermonillustrations.comThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... »).

Confusion visits us most of the times. Some people decide even when they are confused. Sometimes we do cling our beliefs in confusion. Confusion arises when we have problemsA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... », and challenges in lifeWhat is Life?. Read more ... ». Some of us may say, our cross is so heavy to carry. Some of us want to exchange our cross to somebody’s cross.

II. Simple People Get Wisdom (Mt. 11:25).

Jesus said to his Father“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... », “You concealed these things from the wise and discerning, and uncovered them to simple ones” (v.25, Apostolic BibleThe King Who Authorized KJV Bible Was a Freemason. Read more ... »). GodThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... » shows the wisdom to simple ones (ABP), to babes (KJV, RSV, ASV), to infants (ISV). The Greek“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... » wordProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » Nepios means figuratively “a simple minded person.”

When carrying the cross we don’t need to get confused or act like wise and intelligent. Don’t ask, what kind of cross should I carry? Is it customized? Is it hard to carry? Can I study on how to carry it? We don’t need much intelligence to carry the cross. Just carry it. Just carry it wherever you are. Just carry it every moment. So in doing that the wisdom coming“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... » from the LordCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... » is grasped in following Jesus.

Simple people seems more open minded and wise than those who are intelligent in this world.

Let’s try to understand it. Swimming cannot be learned by just attending the classroom, just watching and listeningGod Calls the Boy Rather than the Priest. Read more ... » to lectures about swimming. Swimming is learned through swimming. Go to the waters and swim!

Wisdom is grasped in the actual carrying of the cross of Jesus.yoke3

III. SufferingThe Persecution of the King of the Jews. Read more ... » People Shall BearThree Things Expected of a Disciple. Read more ... » Yoke (Matthew 11:28-30).

Jesus says, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and loaded down with burdens, and I will giveThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » you rest. PlaceThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... » my yoke on you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humbleThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... », and you will find rest for your souls, because my yoke is pleasant, and my burden is lightThe Gospel According to Simeon. Read more ... ».”

Every human beingCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... » has a yoke, has burden in life. We have yoke of sins, bad habits, laziness, indifference, loneliness, lack of moneyCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... », lack of jobs—these are some of our yokes. Even non-ChristiansNew Year, New Creation. Read more ... » have these kinds of yokes. Every human being is suffering from these yokes.

Jesus is challenging us to exchange our yokes to his yoke, and he said his yoke is pleasant and light. What is the yoke of Christ? It is the yoke of forgivenessThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... », yoke of joy, yoke of abundance, and yoke of serviceGod Calls the Boy Rather than the Priest. Read more ... ».

People are suffering from carrying their own yokes simply because they don’t exchange their yokes with Jesus’ yoke. They believeHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » that Jesus’ yoke is heavier than their yokes, but Jesus is right, his yoke is pleasant and light. You know why? Because Jesus is helping us to carry it. Your yoke is heavy because you alone is carrying it. Let’s exchange our yoke with Jesus’ yoke since we will carry it with him.

Conclusionyokeofjesus1

Renato felt that he lived very hard. He came to God, told him about his troubles, and asked: “Can I choose another cross for myself?”

God looked at him smiling, took him to the storage of crosses and said: “Let’s choose.”

Renato came into the storage, looked around, and was surprised. There is just a variety of crosses – little, big, medium, heavy and light.

Renato was walkingA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... » by the storage for a long time looking for the littlest and lightest cross, and finally found it, then came to God and asked: “May I take this one?”

Yes, you may,” answered God. “It is your own original cross anyways.”

Renato replied, “What? Is this the same cross that I wanted to exchange with a light cross in this storage?”

God answered, “Yes, my son.”

“Before I came to you I carried it, and it was so heavy for me that’s why I wanted to exchange it with another cross here. Now it is the same cross, but it seems easy and light to carry now. What’s going on?” Renato asked.

“My son, before you came to me you carried it alone, Now that you came to me. I help you carry it.”

Every one of us has a heavy yoke, let’s come to Jesus, and ask him to help us. For sure, he is just waiting for us.

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