December 7, 2016 - God's Way

Jesus said to the crowds:
“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am meek and humble of heart;
and you will find rest for yourselves.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”

Matt 11:28-30

Here’s something you don’t expect to hear from Jesus:  that his yoke is easy, and his burden light.
What happened to the demanding Jesus who requires us to give everything away, take up our cross and follow him into the teeth of death?

The truth is, Jesus’s message and, indeed, the message of all of Scripture is impossibly good news.  We are not given a map to self-redeem.  We are already redeemed not by our actions but by the act of God.

This sounds like gibberish if we are committed to the view that Scripture if a description of a moral code we must follow.   But once we realize that Scripture is the moral code God is committed to following, and that it is unlike the give and take, reward and punishment, and tit for tat that comes so instinctual to us, it opens a window into the divine ethic.  And it is characterized by love.