Matthew 11:25 tells us:
"Come to me all who are weary and heavy-laden and I will give you rest."
In this passage, Jesus was speaking to the downtrodden, the sick, the tax collectors and those the religious elite of the day considered "sinners". He said they no longer needed to live by legalistic and religious laws/rules from the Old Testament. Biblical scholars say there were 613 at the time to live by before Jesus came along.
The next verse says:
"My yoke is easy and my burden is light." (V. 29)
By yoke, he means his life principles and there are three of them:
1) Love the Lord your GOD with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind (Matthew 22:37) This is the greatest commandment (V 38)
2) Love your neighbor as yourself (V. 39 -the people around you).
3) Treat others the way you expect to be treated. (Mattnew 7:12). This is called "The Golden Rule."
613 to 3. That's it. Life with Christ is not about a bunch of legalistic and elitist rules, despite what some may think. His burden is actually light! Only 3 to live by.
Remember, Jesus also says it's not our outer appearance that matters, but, what's deep in our hearts that counts.
Anybody can fake it and talk the talk.
He calls them hippocrates. I know plenty of them. You probably do too.
So this Holy Week, keep the words of our Messiah in mind: Love God, Love your neighbor and treat others the way you would like to be treated.
Remember, Jesus died on the cross so you might have eternal life. When you freely repent of your sins, and accept HIm as your personal savior, you receive his forgiveness, grace, mercy, love AND eternal life.
We do not know the appointed time that our lives will end. It could be today or 20 years from today. But, I pray that we ALL are ready to meet up together once we pass through Heaven's Gates.
Will you be one of them? I sure hope so!
This is Moving Moments. Now it's YOUR time to make a MOVE!