October 21st 2009

Letting Jesus Carry The Burden

“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me”

Luke 9:23 (TNIV) 

My family and I visited our village church for a service one Palm Sunday. The gentleman who introduced the service pointed to three crosses placed around the altar. One was large, rough, thick and very heavy; the second was smaller, smoother but still quite heavy; the third was smaller, slimmer but not insubstantial. He said, “I have been asked why we have different crosses at the front. The reason is that we each have a cross to bear, but everybody’s is different.”

 When Jesus was on the cross He took the burden of the world’s sin and died with it on His shoulders, alone. So He truly understands just what burden means, and what a burden is. 

Jesus also said, “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:30). Oxen were yoked together in pairs, one often being slightly stronger than the other, to share the work of ploughing. 

Jesus’ desire is for us to yoke ourselves to Him so that He may shoulder our burden with us. The burden we carry can never be heavier than that which Jesus has already carried. 

We have a choice: walk away and try to carry our own load, or to take up our cross daily and go with Christ. Doesn’t it make more sense to let Jesus shoulder our burdens? 

Prayer

Gracious Father, how often do we ignore your Son’s offer and end up struggling under the load of our burdens? Help us to put aside our pride and stubbornness so we can let Jesus shoulder the cares and worries of our lives.

Amen 

Study by Rosemary Gent 

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