“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.”—Matthew 11:29
Here is Jesus, humble, holy Jesus, inviting the multitudes to learn of Him and His ways.
More than that, Jesus is telling the crowd to imitate His ways—a call to holiness, humility and meekness.
So unlike the Pharisees, who took great pride in their public displays of religiosity, Jesus is inviting His followers to the true rest that comes from obedience to God.
There is no rest in pride—it is built on the sinking sand of false expectations. Once the truth is revealed that hides behind it, pride falls away to reveal the ugly truth
underneath—that we are all sinners and more alike than we would have ever imagined.
Pride is the first casualty of Bible salvation, and it is a welcome death for the one who truly takes hold of the meek and lowly Jesus.
How easy it is to respond to persecution and abuse with the fighting spirit of the old man that still dwells in our flesh! The devil loves nothing more than watching us
feed the old man at the expense of the new man in Christ.
To learn of Jesus, however, is something to be taught in the classroom of daily dependence on Him. To learn of Him, we must lean on Him, and the lessons
obtained therein are precious beyond anything to which the most ardent seminary student can lay claim.
There is no dissimulation in Jesus, no trick questions or false pretense—He is as He says He is.
And the risen Jesus, is all that He claims to be as well. Having put all His enemies to flight, He is the victor over sin and death,
and it is in this victorious King of Kings we put our trust.
Our reflection for today: am I becoming more like the lowly Jesus?
Would you like to learn how you can have eternal life?