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Yoked to Jesus

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. 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. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” †  Mathew 11: 28-30  What is the labour and burden that Jesus is asking me to deal with? Perhaps I have to let go of the compulsive burden (or is it a sort of entitlement?) that my spouse and children should choose a spiritual path that I know to be right. Jesus accompanied Judas Iscariot to the very end but never deprived him of his freedom to choose his own destiny. Jesus on the other hand, uninterrupted by Judas's choice to reject him, continues to accomplish his mission. He does become a victim of Judas's betrayal but he seldom takes on the victim's identity. In divine wisdom, Jesus chooses to die in our place (and that of Judas) in a redeeming act of love. Rather than being compelled to fix those whom God has entrusted to my headship by m

Among many But alone!

Jesus was in the midst of many but alone. He wanted everyone but everyone wanted only what He had to offer - not Him. Betrayed and estranged by the closest of His friends, He was always alone. Is our story any different?  Jesus, moments before his crucifixion, foretold   "For if this is what is done to green wood, what will be done when the wood is dry?". [Luke 23:31].  He also said " Then you will be handed over to be tortured and put to death; and you will be hated by all nations on account of my name." He continued " but anyone who stands firm to the end will be saved." We realize that people around us need us but as you and I we only have Jesus to depend on. When we are betrayed, estranged and are taken advantage of, we know He is there. We do struggle to fix our eyes firmly on Him, stand back up again and continue to climb the mountain that Jesus also tread shouldering the heavy cross. Who else can we go to? Where else will our solace come from?