Jesus said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 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. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).
1. Jesus invites everyone to Himself (v. 28).
2. Jesus invites anyone who labors, toils and is heavy-laden (v. 28).
3. Jesus gives rest (v. 28).
4. He offers His yoke (v. 29).
5. He offers to teach whoever comes to Him (v. 29).
6. He is gentle and humble in heart (v. 29).
7. Those who take His yoke and learn from Him will find rest for their souls (v. 29).
8. Jesus’ yoke is easy (v. 30).
9. His burden is light (v. 30).
Jesus gives rest. Jesus teaches. Jesus reveals that He is gentle and humble. He offers rest for a person’s soul. Amen.
The Greek word for “gentle” is this passage is “praus.”
Scholars say the root “pra” is difficult to translate.
One translation could be “exercising God’s strength under control.” Another could be “gentleness reserved and strength.”
Jesus used this same Greek word in Matthew 5:5: “Blessed/happy are the “praus,” for they shall inherit the earth.”
Some translations could be: “consecrated/submitted to God” instead of “meek.”
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Jesus Christ, the Spirit of the Father.
A great man of God once wrote that the Holy Spirit has a sensitive nature. Another man of God said the Holy Spirit is the most sensitive member of the Trinity.
Jesus . . .
Jesus is the revelation of God (John 1).
He is the image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15).
He is the fullness of the Godhead in bodily form (Colossians 2:9).
He is the exact representation of God’s nature (Hebrews 1:3).
If someone wants to know what God is like, what the Father is like, just look at Jesus.
It is so wonderful to realize that everything about Jesus reveals the only true God. Jesus said:
“Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner. For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel” (John 5:19-20).
Everything we receive, know, have and experience in our most holy faith, is all because of Jesus; and all because God gave Jesus to the world.
As someone said, “Jesus became what we are, so we could become what He is.” Amen!
Thank you Jesus!