Sunday, March 21, 2010

Jesus did not come to burden us.

"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 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)

Sometimes it is very difficult to gain an understanding of all the rules and regulations of a particular Christian Church or religion. We might not be able to understand the reasoning as to why a church rule exists. We may feel that the rule is unfair. We may feel judged if we disagree with a position or direction of our particular church or congregation. We may even feel that we cannot live up to the demands placed upon us by our particular Christian denomination.
This is not the case with the message of Jesus. His message of love and Kingdom is very clear. There are no hidden meanings or unfairness of any kind. There are no complications or exceptions. His message is kind, loving, and gentle. One does not have to be a scholar to understand the meaning of His message. One could be a fisherman, or a tax collector, or even a tentmaker, and still be able to spread the Good News of Jesus. Furthermore following the instructions of Jesus will not be so demanding that one cannot possibly fulfill all of His expectations. We are allowed to fail and to try again. The simplicity of His loving message to us can be summed up in this message from the Gospel of Matthew.

Jesus did not come to burden us, but only to free us from the burdens we place upon ourselves.

Peace and love,


"Be still and know that I am God"(Psalm 46:10)

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