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  • Writer's pictureAddison Crissone

The Yoke- Extended

Author's Note: This is one of my favorite blogs- and one of the most improtant. This is the best way I can share the Good News of Jesus' Salvation. I have written this extended version of this same blog, and have added more thoughts and content.

I hope you like it and feel God's never-ending love for you.

“Then Jesus said, ‘come to me all who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.’”

 - Matthew 11: 28-30 (NLT)

This is a well-known verse in scripture. But it is also an invitation. 

An invitation from the very heart of Jesus. 

“Let me teach you, let me help. I’m humble and gentle at heart. In me, you will find rest,” He says, “just lay your burdens down at my feet. I can handle them.”

Yoke; A wooden cross-piece fastened over the necks of two animals, attached to a plow or cart that they must pull.

A wooden Cross-piece.

A Tree.

The Cross was Jesus’ burden to bear. The very burden he took from our shoulders and placed on his own.

He did this not because we deserved it or because of a good deed we have done- no, He did it because he loved us and couldn’t bear the thought of spending eternity without us.

Without You.

Picture this:

Jesus stumbles up the hill to Calvary, the heavy cross resting on his shoulders. In His exhaustion, He pauses for a break. And He looks across the crowd around him, and finds you.

“You are worth it, My child.” He says.

And he picks the cross up, and walks on.

What a Love!

In 1 Peter 2: 22-25, we find that Jesus left us an example so that we may follow in his footsteps.

He never sinned. Nor ever deceived anyone. He did not retaliate when He was insulted, not threaten revenge when He suffered.

He left His case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly.

He personally carried our sins on the cross so that we might be dead to sin and live for what is right.

By His wounds you are healed.

Once you were like sheep, who wandered away. But now you have turned to your shepherd, the Guardian of your souls.”

When Jesus died on the cross, He tore down the vail that stood between God the Father and all of mankind. 

When He died, He had me on his mind.

And He had you on His mind.

He did this because he wanted to be with us, and He knew that we in our state of sin, could not get to Him on our own.

So He picked up the yoke and made a way for us to be with Him- through grace.

And He is extending this grace to you right now- if you only accept it.

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