The preacher will mention the words of Jesus,
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, 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.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
The listeners will be comforted by the promise of rest for the soul. Believers depend on these words and are grateful for what Jesus offers here in a world so full of stresses and strains.
Notice, however, that Jesus only promises to replace one burden with another. It’s a light burden, but it’s still a burden that we’re expected to carry as we come alongside Him in the journey.
In fact, in a real way, there’s a growing awareness and consciousness of a pressing burden when you follow Jesus. The burden to see people’s lives restored to what God had always planned. The burden to see creation restored to what God had always planned. The way He will motivate to be about the business of peacemaking is to highlight in the depth of our being just where peace is needed. And there are plenty of places where peace is needed – and that is a burden.
Thankfully though, that burden is not primarily from us, for us or to us – it’s a burden that the ultimate Prince of Peace has a way of resolving – so that it will never overwhelm us. Yet at the same time as we look at the world in need of His peace, we cannot afford to neglect that burden.
The same Jesus who give us the light burden walks with us through it, so He can be revealed in us through it.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden