“Come to me, all you 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 easy and my burden is light.”
– Matthew 11:28-30
The words of Jesus in Matthew 11 are refreshing, uplifting, and comforting for anyone who has worry, hurt, concern, or pain in their lives, which if we are all honest with ourselves, is everyone. He is offering for rest, but not a physical rest that we can give ourselves and will only be good for half a day, but rest for our souls, something that only God can give and will last forever.
As for the yoke, it seems almost the opposite of what God is intending to do. We have so many burdens on our shoulders that we are being weighed down by our own sins and the pain of this world, yet Jesus is asking us to put on His yoke, which you would think would add to the weight. But His yoke means, the obligation to receive Him as the Messiah, to believe His doctrine, and to be in all things conformed to His Word and to His Spirit. This eliminates the heartache of loss, the worry of the unknown, and the pain of sin. Essentially, it takes off the whole weight of life and allows us to be free in Him, but knowing we must continue to be faithful and true to His family.
For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.
– 2 Corinthians 1:5
Here is Tenth Avenue North’s “You Are More” that depicts this very idea that we are more than the hurt and pain we go through.