BEARING THE LORD'S YOKE - MATTHEW 11:25-28


A Yoke is something that binds you to someone or something. It so binds you that you can accurately say that you have been united together. Yoked means inseparable. It is a word by farmers describing the wooden or iron equipment used to hold two animals together(mostly oxen, horses, or mules). It is also a word used to describe a marriage, a joining or a uniting together of a man and woman. And, horribly it is also a word used to describe some sort of bondage or slavery.


The Yoke of The Lord is a Yoke of Freedom. It is different than any other yoke because every other yoke brings you into some sort of bondage. In truth, it is impossible to bear the Lord's Yoke while bearing any other yoke, because the moment you take the Yoke of Christ you are set free from every yoke of bondage!


When Christ speaks about His yoke of freedom, He relates it to our eyes being opened and our coming to know Him personally. (read Matthew 11:25-27)


In this world there are many kinds of yokes and many ways that we fall into bondage to them. Many times even as children, we do not know that we are coming into a yoke of bondage. It may happen through some kind of tragedy or an abuse imposed upon us by others. Sadly yokes also become part of our lives through our own sin or moral failure that we are surprised by or seduced into. Yet, we are deceived and under some yoke.


Without condemnation, Christ lovingly calls out, "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden(under the wrong yoke), and I will give you rest!" Matthew 11:28 This is a word to all who do not know who they are really serving or why they are under bondage.


To reject the Lord's yoke means to reject the Grace of God through Jesus Christ.

"Because you did not serve The Lord your God with joy and gladness of heart, for the abundance of everything, therefore you shall serve your enemies, whom The Lord will send against you, in hunger, in thirst, in nakedness, and in need of everything; and He will put a yoke of iron on your neck until he has destroyed you." Deuteronomy 28:47-48


You see the Yoke of Christ is far different in that it is never super-imposed upon us or craftily brought around our necks to enslave us. No His yoke is one that we must take and put willing upon ourselves! Therefore, He says, "take My Yoke upon you.." Mt. 11:29


Now listen: Taking the Yoke of Christ is all about an invitation to know Him personally!!! This is what it means to be a disciple of Christ. It means rejoicing because you are united with Him in such a way that you are getting to know Him in His Power and in His suffering.


To all who desire HIs Promised Rest: Jesus says, "Take My Yoke upon you and learn from(of) Me, for I am gentle and lowly(humble) in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." Matthew 11:29-30