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“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. “(Matthew 11:28-30 KJV)

Have you ever carried a heavy load?

Have you ever wished that there was a way that could lighten your load or at least get a little help carrying it? 

Each person carries a load of burdens. The burdens are associated with what we call life and the things we think we need to survive. Each of us carries a back pack, much like the back pack that children carry to school. Just like those back packs; our back backs are often filled with things that make us uncomfortable. The pack itself is not heavy; it’s what’s in the back packs that make them so heavy.  As Christians, we should consider giving the contents of our back packs to Jesus. He has promised to make them lighter.

In Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus tried to explain to believers that faith in him lightens our load and gives even greater satisfaction.  He told them to take his yoke upon them because his burden is light.  The people knew what Jesus referred to because they were farmers. They knew that yokes were used by animals to pull wagons. Sometimes people would place a yoke on their shoulders to help them carry large loads.  The yokes often became heavy. Jesus applied the heavy yokes idea to people who tried to be happy by obeying the hundreds of items in the law without really knowing God.  The bible also refers to sin as a great yoke upon us too.  In both cases, Jesus asks every believer to let him give them a lighter load, but of course it would mean they would have to take a chance on him, and let go of the world.

Please allow me to remind you that all of us have some stuff that we need to rid ourselves.  Hebrews 12:1a reminds us …”to lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us…” Perhaps it’s time to lighten your load or drop the weight of those cumbersome things. 

Don’t let “bitterness” over an old hurt - an old wound - an old incident - that may or may not have even happened - destroy your life! We need to work through those things by learning to “unload” or transfer the weight of those burdens to the Lord! That is what our Holy Scripture text, for today, is telling us! Without a doubt, if we live long enough, someone will, in fact, disappoint us - someone will, in fact, let us down - someone will, in fact, fail us - SOMEHOW - SOME WAY! Don’t allow those things to become a “bitter place” in your heart - “LET THEM GO!” - “LAY THEM ASIDE!” - “UNLOAD THEM!” - Where? At the foot of the cross at Calvary - place them at the feet of Jesus, the Christ!

In closing, if we will “unload” every weight and every burden - every entanglement and every snare - on Jesus, the Christ, He can “onload” the power of the Holy Spirit so that we can emerge victorious over every situation - over every condition - over every circumstance.  Isn’t that

“Good News”?

In His Love & Service,

Pastor Larry E. Campbell
St. Paul A.M.E. Church, San Bernardino, CA


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