28 Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."
Those who follow Christ from His incarnation to resurrection may find it difficult to digest this proposal. We know with certain intelligence and understand with little comprehension the ‘Yoke’ and the ‘burden’ of the Lord. Bible does enlighten us that the price He gave was life. Was it easy and light for Christ? Didn’t He suffer on the Cross? You all may agree with this questions with a simple affirmation.
However the truth remains the other side. Jesus always spoke the joy of accomplishing the will of the Father. He was longing and waiting for the opportune time to glorify the Father. Today He is not asking us to work or suffer, rather He is inviting us to take rest in Him. To those who desire to accomplish the will of the Father, who long to remain in God, the pain of re-creation will give them much joy. The yoke and burden is to recreate and purify, and this begins in us. The conversion and hope find its reason and finality in this newness that Jesus wishes to establish in the Kingdom of God, which has already began in Him, through the incarnation and will end up in Him by the second coming.
It’s all happen in love. ‘God so loved the world’ that Christ died on the Cross. It is to this joy of living in God that gives us the courage to undertake great and difficult work. The ‘yoke and burden’ is easy and light, because Jesus is carrying them on Him for us.
Daily Quote from the early church fathers:
Grace bear us, by an anonymous early author from the Greek church
"'My yoke is easy and my burden light.' .. The prophet says this about the burden of sinners: 'Because my iniquities lie on top of my head, so they have also placed a heavy burden on me' (Psalm 38:4)' ...'Place my yoke upon you, and learn from me that I am gentle and humble of heart.' Oh, what a very pleasing weight that strengthens even more those who carry it! For the weight of earthly masters gradually destroys the strength of their servants, but the weight of Christ rather helps the one who bears it, because we do not bear grace; grace bears us. It is not for us to help grace, but rather grace has been given to aid us.' (excerpt from INCOMPLETE WORK ON MATTHEW, HOMILY, the Greek fathers).