5: The Yoke

Posted: Thursday, May 29th, 2014
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Matthew 11:29 NASB
Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, 
for I am gentle and humble in heart; 
and you shall find rest for your souls.
For my yoke is easy and My load is light.

Jesus wore the yoke of the oxen.  An unfree harness, servant of ordinary labors in the dirt, patient grinding of the wheat.  His yoke was not harnessed to the pull of human reins.  For all His solving and serving of people-dilemmas, Jesus was the servant only of His Father.

And the only ones who know the Holy Face of the Ox are those who duck under His Divine Yoke and learn of Him there, in all His astonishing lowliness, His incomparable meekness.  The Yoke-calling is to come under the Servant’s own harness, coupled with Him.  Bound and strapped, yet boundless and unfettered.  The Yoked Son binds Himself to my load and wears the strain on His splintered shoulders while I am simply carried on His journey of my obedience.

That common field of oxen-tilling is only this… to attend the Father’s desire for earth’s need of Him.  Under the ox-yoke with Him, my weight of weary life is easy and unburdened.  Just as He promised.

Our Splendid Savior is a Humble Servant, plowing and grinding, treading and serving, solely for His Father.

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