Yoke (Written by David Peterson)
In Capernaum, Jesus provides an invitation to those who are burdened by their own shortfalls when He says:
“Come to Me, all 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 comfortable, and My burden is light.”
This proves to be a free offer by our Savior to relieve us of the weight of our transgressions and to be bestowed with living under His grace. When followers take His yoke we humbly do His will and allow Him to show us the way. His way leads to abundant peace and serenity.
Reverend C.H. Spurgeon once wrote,
“To the graceless neck the yoke of Christ is intolerable, but to the saved sinner it is light and easy.”
Spurgeon relates a truth when we follow Jesus and that is that our spiritual burdens become tolerable due to the grace given by our Christ.
A good application of this is offered by Sylvia Dunstan who wrote a contemporary hymn entitled, “Come to Me, O Weary Traveler” in 1990. Sylvia wrote in stanza 3, “Take my yoke and leave your troubles; take my yoke and come with Me.”