MY YOKE IS EASY AND MY BURDEN IS LIGHT
“In HIM We FIND Rest”
Pastor Jesse Gistand
Sunday Sermon (Part II)
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Matthew 11:28-30 “Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 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. 30 For my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light.”
Isaiah 32:1-4, 15-20 “Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment. 2 And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land. 3 And the eyes of them that see shall not be dim, and the ears of them that hear shall hearken. 4 The heart also of the rash shall understand knowledge, and the tongue of the stammerers shall be ready to speak plainly. … 15 Until the spirit be poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness be a fruitful field, and the fruitful field be counted for a forest. 16 Then judgment shall dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness remain in the fruitful field. 17 And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever. 18 And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places; 19 When it shall hail, coming down on the forest; and the city shall be low in a low place. 20 Blessed [are] ye that sow beside all waters, that send forth [thither] the feet of the ox and the ass.”
Isaiah 58:6-12 “[Is] not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? 7 [Is it] not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? 8 Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy rereward. 9 Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I [am]. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity; 10 And [if] thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness [be] as the noonday: 11 And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not. 12 And [they that shall be] of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.”
Hosea 11:1-4 “When Israel [was] a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt. 2 [As] they called them, so they went from them: they sacrificed unto Baalim, and burned incense to graven images. 3 I taught Ephraim also to go, taking them by their arms; but they knew not that I healed them. 4 I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love: and I was to them as they that take off the yoke on their jaws, and I laid meat unto them.”
John 6:37-40 “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. 38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. 39 And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. 40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.”
Romans 7:1-4 “Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth? 2 For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to [her] husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of [her] husband. 3 So then if, while [her] husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man. 4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, [even] to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.”
2 Corinthians 6:14 “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?”
This was a most sobering and needful sermon. It proclaims both the nature of the true Gospel and the nature of true salvation in light of that true Gospel. The word learn in Matthew 11:29 is manthanō and it is the verb form from whence the noun form, mathētēs, directly derives. That noun mathētēs is what we translate as disciple in the AV/KJV. To be a true Christian is to be a disciple of The Lord Jesus Christ, and to be a disciple of The Lord Jesus Christ is to learn both of Him, and from Him, by God the Holy Spirit.
Salvation is not mere mental assent. Salvation is nothing short of being utterly transformed. It encompasses having our old yoke (of the dominion of sin and dead works) removed, and having the yoke of Christ placed upon us, wherein we learn of/from Him; becoming a disciple of Him; resting in Him; being yoked to (and thus married to) Him, and serving Him by His strength and mercy. True salvation is discipleship; true salvation is knowing, loving, and serving the LORD Jesus Christ. Beware of the empty ‘mental assenters’ who know not the depths of God and His salvation. True salvation is a relationship with God, through Christ, wherein Christ is God, Saviour, Husband, and Lord. There is no right knowledge of Christ as Saviour without a right knowledge of Him as Lord and Master.
A yoke is put on one so that it may work in a governed, focused, disciplined, and productive manner. May God give all that are His the grace to know powerfully, deeply, experimentally, the blessedness of His yoke. May we come to understand all the more our yoked relationship (even marriage) with Christ. May we work as He worked (He being the Great Ox and we the lesser oxen in Him); may we think all the more as He thinks; may we do all the more as He both did and does; may we go as He goes; may we be all the more like unto Him — who is our Divine Master, Lord, and King. May we be made willing slaves of Him, working and labouring in His strength, not for salvation, but in light of the salvation that He has already wrought for all who are eternally in Him. May we not be foolish, or slothful, or rebellious servants. May our religion not be mere notion. May we truly walk, rest, and work, in Him. May we truly trust and obey, because there is no other way, and should be no other way, to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
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