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July 16, 2012 / brockbruce

Secret of The Easy Yoke

Here are the basic sermon notes for yesterday’s sermon from our series Love Letters- the epistles of john. Enjoy.

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(1 John 5:1-3 ESV)
[5:1] Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him. [2] By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. [3] For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments (Believe Jesus, Love God, Love Others) are not burdensome.
 
Burdensome – 
  1. heavy in weight
  2. metaph.
    1. burdensome
    2. severe, stern
    3. weighty
      1. of great moment
    4. violent, cruel, unsparing
What are “His Commandments”?
     (Believe Jesus, Love God, Love Others)
 
(Matthew 11:25-30 ESV)

[Come to Me, and I Will Give You Rest]

     [25] At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; [26] yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. [27] All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. [28] Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. [29] Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. [30] For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Yoke
     Used for Guiding Oxen
     Yoke of Law was a common metaphor for Jewish Law in Jesus day.
          
Contrast the Yokes
Yoke of Self     
 
If you try to fulfill the law, keeping all if it’s ceremonial requirements you are actually not resting with Jesus.
You have a yoke of self and you are working alone.
 
Working alone means trying to work righteousness apart from Jesus work on the cross.
Working alone means trying to be good enough to earn grace. 
Working alone means trying to clean up your act act before you come to Jesus.
Working alone is tiring, like a dog chasing his tail. Never bringing satisfaction because you always fall short.
Working alone is hard. It wieghs you down. It beats you up. Like a job you can not master. 
Working alone makes you feel like Cain. Unaccepted even after the invitation to be free. 
 
But the Yoke of Jesus is one of freedom
 
It’s a yoke of discipleship (Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me) 
Training us in righteousness, joy, peace, love, self-control.
Jesus is the lead and we just follow. 
He’s not a hard teacher. He’s not a mean master. 
He is the perfect guide for every individual because he knows every individual individually. 
He knows how to mold you and shape you and mend you and make you. 
He knows how to bring about every good work he has called you to perform.
He knows how to encourage you. He knows how to motivate you. 
He knows how to speak to you. He is gentle and meek. 
Jesus is not after your obedience he’s after your heart. 
When he has your heart, he has you, and he has your obedience.
When you become his disciple, your soul finds rest. 
 
What does that mean “soul finds rest”?
It means before you submit to Jesus authority as your teacher your soul was looking for an adequate trainer and could not be satisfied. You soul was working hard to find peace and satisfaction. 
 
There is rest in Jesus because His yoke is easy and his burden is light.
How is that possible? Some may say. It’s not to live for Jesus. You can’t do this and you can do that. 
Jesus said it’s easy. Try it on and see.
It’s easy because before you put it on you are warring against him.
When you embrace his yoke, the battle eases and comfort begins.  
 
Jesus’ yoke of discipleship brings rest through simple commitment to him 
(1 John 5:3  [3] For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments [Believe Jesus, Love God, Love Others] are not burdensome.).

Jesus invitation is come to me, I will reveal the Father to you (Matt. 11:27) And you will find rest.
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