March 24th, 2023

Matthew 11:28-30 CSB – “Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take up my yoke and learn from me, because I am lowly and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Psalm 23 CSB –The Lord is my shepherd; I have what I need. He lets me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside quiet waters. He renews my life; he leads me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even when I go through the darkest valley, I fear no danger, for you are with me; your rod and your staff—they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Only goodness and faithful love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord as long as I live.

This is one of those moments in scripture where an Old Testament passage seems to expand on a New Testament verse. Both speak to the idea that Jesus is there, not only to support you in your burden but to direct you down a path that you may not be able to see otherwise. In the first verse, Jesus asks that you be yoked to him because when you are, you can’t go anywhere other than where Jesus wants you to go. In the second verse, Jesus leads you with calm authority, ensuring that you step on solid ground, and have plenty of good things to eat, and peaceful places to rest. Notice that in both verses, Jesus is not only there, but he’s doing most of the work for you. How cool is that? The creator of the universe, the one that gave up his divinity for you, died for you, rose again for you, and ascended to Heaven for you, STILL wants to lead you as a common shepherd would lead his sheep. I find great comfort in that. Jesus will never be so mighty that he won’t still come after a lost sheep.