“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, NIV 1984).
My Musings – How does one move from “weary and burdened” to “easy and light?” By being “gentle and humble.” By being imitators of Christ. In Jesus’ day, the Jews were looking for a political or militant solution to their years of bondage. Their early excitement over Jesus (“could this be the Messiah“) gave way to disillusionment and hostility, as gentleness and humility did not quite meet their expectations of a deliverer. They preferred ruthless and pompous.
They failed to understand just what kind of bondage the Messiah came to deliver us from. They were seeking “peace in our time.” Christ came to offer peace for all time. They were seeking deliverance “at all costs.” Jesus offered peace that demanded the greatest cost. They were seeking liberty in the land. Jesus was offering liberation of the heart. They wanted vengeance. Jesus offered forgiveness. They wanted unconditional surrender. Jesus offered unmerited grace. They wanted independence. Jesus offered relationship. They wanted a manifesto. Jesus offered their names written in the Lamb’s book of life. They wanted rebellion, Jesus required surrender.
My Advice – So what have we learned in 2000 years? Will we as the Church advance the Kingdom of God through pollical activism or by proclamation of the Gospel? Through force or faith? Harshness or gentleness? Arrogance or humility? By becoming 21st century Pharisees or by modeling ourselves after 1st century believers? By engaging in crusades or by taking up our cross? Let’s learn from Him. “You have heard it said, but I say to you …” Our country’s and the world’s problems will not be solved from the outside in, only from the inside out. It’s the heart not the head. It’s the eternal, not the temporal. It’s the narrow path, not the broad path. It’s the Great Commission, not the great omission. The time is short. The harvest is great. The workers are few. Let’s get on with it.
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