Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
I’m sorry, but much of what passes for Christianity today doesn’t seem at all restful. And yet, the Teacher says if we come directly to Him we will find rest for our souls.
How? The Teacher only says, Learn from me!
Isn’t He is describing the work of a student?
The Teacher is not asking us to move mountains, part the sea or make everything right with the world. Or even in our own lives. He simply says, Learn from me!
We can do this.
He encourages us by reminding that He is a Teacher who is gentle and humble in heart.
A friend of mine says Jesus grades on the curve. That’s good. We don’t have to make a perfect score on every test in life in order to make a passing grade with this Teacher.
This is because He already made the grade for us - did something for us we couldn’t do for ourselves. He passed the tests of life with flying colors. Lived a perfect life, died on the cross and rose from the dead for His students.
So coming to Him we find rest. And in this freedom from anxiety about our eternal destiny we simply learn from Him.
We enter the University of Jesus. Become His attentive student. As we learn, we change – He changes us - to become more like Him.
Progressively, we experience simple Christianity.
And we find rest for our souls.