Take my yoke…


Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 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.

V.28 basically describes most people I encounter these days, including myself. We are “weary and carrying heavy burdens”. Sometimes it’s a physical weariness as people work crazy hours. Who knew working from home would mean working more, not less? And then there’s sleep, or lack thereof. My sleep isn’t great under the best of circumstances, but our recent time change to daylight savings (I’m in central time zone) and the unsettled nature of our recent election cycle means sleep can be illusive.

But there’s another kind of weary. It’s a weariness of spirit. It’s fatigue that comes from loneliness as we are separated from people we love, or wariness of potential sickness and the need to be careful, or 100 other things. With no end in sight. It’s the feeling of running on fumes – all the time.

In our passage for today Jesus is speaking to a crowd who is also weary. Weary on the inside. Needing a word of hope and a sense that better days are ahead even if they are not visible in the moment. That’s me. Is that you?

This coming Sunday I’m starting a sermon series called, “Take My Yoke” which is rooted in our passage above. Taking on the yoke of Christ means, in one sense at least, attaching ourselves to Jesus by adopting his ways, rhythms, patterns, and ways of life. It’s allowing Jesus to lead the way. It’s embracing the economy of God and its counter-intuitive paradigms. These ways don’t come naturally to us, which is why Jesus invites us to “learn from me” in v.29. And that’s what we will endeavor to do in the weeks to come. To learn the ways of Jesus that bring us life. And rest. And peace.

Join me on the Rejoice Lutheran Church (Coppell, Texas) Facebook page (see link below) starting Sunday at 9:30am and 11am and see the first installment of this series during these two worship services. You’ll be glad you did.

Teach us, O Lord Jesus, to take on your yoke. And live. Amen.


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