28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, 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.
Jesus was a known as a teacher, in fact it was a title people would use in addressing him; a title he was comfortable with. (Matthew 8:19) But no teacher, no contemporary of Jesus, would ever have promised rest to the weary as Jesus does. The yoke was carried on the shoulders and it was a symbol of submission and obedience. Jesus is not eliminating the need for submission and obedience, he is qualifying them in the light of his arrival. Rich and powerful people disdained humility, Jesus encouraged humility for everyone and identified with the lowly for whom money and privilege could not provide protection from the hardships of life. (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell us about Jesus and people?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Identify anything that is making you weary or burdened and give it back to God.