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Pastor’s Posts for May 2024: Jesus’ Yoke


Matthew 11:29 (NLT) 

“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.”

The parable of the "yoke" is well-known among those raised in the church, often recited when feeling overwhelmed. This passage is found in Matthew 11:28–30, where Jesus invites the weary and burdened to find rest. However, it does not imply that He will free us from putting any effort in serving Him. The rest Jesus is describing is a rest for our soul. It addresses the excessive religious expectations imposed on believers by the Pharisees. The relentless pursuit of self-righteousness and the unattainable goal of perfectly keeping the ten commandments was futile to His audience. If we could achieve such perfection, we would no longer need Jesus, as we would be inherently worthy in God's eyes.

Jesus' message is that we are not required to bear the heavy burden of striving to be "good enough" to earn our way into heaven. His sacrifice for our sins relieves us from the burden of proving our worthiness to earn God's love. Instead,  it is God’s gift that we must receive.

This verse does not negate the reality of struggles and trials as a Christian. In fact, the Bible acknowledges that we will encounter trials and temptations throughout our lives (James 1:12). These experiences serve to strengthen our faith and deepen our reliance on God.  Know today that God loves you, as a believer you are “right” with Him because of Jesus and keep pressing on.

In Him,

Pastor James

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