Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30)
A yoke is defined as a crossbar with two U-shaped pieces that encircle the necks of a pair of oxen or other draft animals working together. A pair of draft animals, such as oxen, are joined by a yoke to drag plowing tool on the ground to till the soil. It is also a bar used with a double harness to connect the collar of each horse to the pole of a wagon or coach.
One thing that is unique with a yoke is the fact that it force the animals against their will to work together for the benefit of their masters. The farmers maximize the yoking animals for their benefits to carry out this task by making the animals to bear the inconvenient weight of the yoke instrument while tilling the ground. The yoke instrument is a heavy burden and it weighs down upon the neck of the animals. There is no escape for the plowing animals under the yoke. The only way the animals can probably get a brief relief is by completion of the yoke task for the farmer. The animals will again be subjected to the same task probably the following day.
Having understood what a yoke is and its usefulness to humanity we can now go from the known physical yoke to the unknown spiritual yoke. In the scripture passage above, Jesus says, “take my yoke upon you … because my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” This is a clear indication that most of the spiritual yokes are heavy burdensome issues of life that it weighs down its bearers. These are the inconvenient demands and encumbrances of enemies that are forced upon mankind in order to retain them under the control of their master to partake in the ordinances of Satanic activities. It includes the rituals of initiation activities into evil cults and occultism, their wicked binding evil covenants that involve mortgaging their souls for the perishing worldly gains and other evil organizational rules. These evil rules include judgment of death upon anyone that failed to abide their rules. It also include the inconvenience living styles of the worldly people, their wantonness, drunkenness, idolatry and all other inconvenient things they do that separated them from ordinary simple pure human beings.
Jesus Christ was outright honest and fair in His invitation to mankind to come unto Him. Yes, He offered to be our Savior. He did not say that there is not price to pay for coming unto him. He did not say that there is no demand whatsoever. He ascertained that although there are some elements of yoke, or better still, some burdens to bear but His yokes are easy and His burdens are light. When one compares the yoke of Christ with the yoke of the world, it is like comparing the yoke made of foam materials with the one that is made of heavy iron. Righteousness is one of the demands of Jesus Christ upon believers. “Except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:20) Holiness is one of the demands of our Savior according to the Scripture. “Ye shall be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy.” (Leviticus 19:2) Faith is required of us to incorporate us to the grace of salvation. “Without faith it is impossible to please God…” (Hebrews 11:6) “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:8) Jesus Christ is simply telling us that it is easier to do good and righteous deeds than to engage oneself in those things that eternally chain mankind to eternal damnation. “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8) “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.” (Galatians 5:1,18) “This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome.” (1 John 5:3)
The yokes and burdens that Jesus Christ demanded from us are the burden of repentance and righteousness. The demand for repentance when you encounter Jesus Christ simply off-loaded the burden of sin from you and make you free from the judgment of those sins. The burden of righteousness simply draws you closer to Our Heavenly Father to receive His mercy. This paves the way of the throne of Grace to you so that you will be able to cry Abba Father in your prayer. The demand for unity of brethren is intended to foster a true fellowship within the people of God.
The demand for sacrifice in the course of our Christian walk with the Father is to put precious value to righteous services in the presence of the Living God. The demand for holiness perpetually keeps you in the presence of God to draw from the abundance of inspiration and understanding. “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” (1 Corinthians 4:17) If your focus is shifted from worldly to the things of the spirit, and you wholly put your trust in the Lord, certainly you will find rest for your soul.
Think of all these important reasons in the invitation of Jesus Christ and make up your mind to choose the Savior for the deliverance of your soul instead of a Slave Master, the Satan that drive the soul of man to perdition.
Prayer: O Lord, endow me with your grace and divine ability to flow in obedience to your commandments and precepts of righteousness so that I can remain in your grace and consistently dwelling in your favor in Jesus name, Amen.