How difficult is it to follow Christ?
How is Christ yoke easy and His burden light if you are under the same law that caused you guilt and shame to begin with?
If Jesus came to say “hang in there and do a better job at a few laws” then why didn’t He say that as most churches teach that He did?
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” – John 3:16-18
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14You are my friends if you do what I command. 15I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17This is my command: Love each other.” – John 15:9-17
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” – Matt. 11:28-30
Here it is laid out ever so easily and tenderly. Christ did not come to make the way to the Father more difficult but to simplify it and make the “yoke easy” and the “burden light.”
We are the ones that make a relationship with Christ more difficult and try to be holy. Let me put this in simple terms so there is no misunderstanding- there is nothing whatsoever holy about me, there is nothing whatsoever holy about you and that is why Christ came. To think that there was any other way to make you and I a child of God is to paint God out to be a very cruel Father.
His yoke is easy and His burden is light- Love God and Love others. But the facts are we can’t even do that apart from the grace of God. When Christ comes into a person that person becomes a new creation and the law which was his tutor passes away as all things become new and all things become lawful.
If the yoke you carry today is not easy. If you find yourself unable to love people especially people who you feel are doing wrong. You might want to check and see if you are following the same Christ that shared dinner with the lowest of the low in his days. The Christ I serve loved the Samaritans, tax collectors and prostitutes just like they were any other person and he didn’t try to beat them over the head and make them feel guilt or shame. The Christ I serve had people around him that society especially the teachers of the law said were unclean but He didn’t care.
In the final analysis all I am saying is love is ALL that matters. My job is not to judge or condemn or tell a person that he is wrong and going to hell because of his sexuality or the type of music he listens to or whatever. The job Christ gave me and you is simple- LOVE. Easy burden and a light yoke= LOVE!
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