And He says, “Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle and lowly of heart (humble), and you shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:29
What do you have to do to get relief? Take Jesus’s yoke . . . What does that mean? What is a yoke anyway? A yoke is a piece of wooden harness people in underdeveloped countries still use to control their oxen and mules and donkeys. It fits around their necks and they chain the wagon or the plow to the yoke so the oxen can pull it. There’s a ‘single-tree’ yoke (for one cow or mule), and there’s a ‘double-tree’ yoke for two oxen or donkeys to pull together. In that case there’s a beam (wooden pole) that hooks the two ‘yokes’ together. So if you ‘take Jesus’s yoke’ on you, you are making yourself available to do His work, to carry His load.
Sounds like work; but it’s not so much a physical yoke, as it is a spiritual yoke. And being yoked with Jesus can’t be all bad. Sounds like if you’re going to help Jesus bear His burdens; He’s gonna help you bear yours; sometimes it even feels good to pull the load when everything is working right, and you’re doing it together. Especially when Jesus says, “For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” It’s almost humorous; considering I’m always thinking, “My yoke is always rubbing me the wrong way; and my burden always feels so heavy and unbearable.”
If you think, as do the wise and prudent, that you’re in control, and you’re gonna make everything turn out like you want it to (by doing all the right things the right way), you may be in for a rude awakening. (See Matt 11:25)
On the other hand, if you’re a baby (a little child), and you know how bad you need help, God through Jesus will reveal Himself to you, and reveal all the things you need to live a happy, fulfilled life. And you’ll know that taking Jesus’ yoke, His Spirit and His discipline on you (being willing to do whatever Jesus wants), is exactly what you’ve been waiting for and hoping for, all your life. That’s relief!