Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
There doesn’t appear to be anything remotely restful about a yoke. It represents hard sweaty pulling work no matter what. Why would taking on a yoke be “easy”, and the “burden light”?
It is the shared load that makes the work easier. Although single yokes can be used, the efficiency is far greater when two pull together under the same yoke. Jesus is clearly saying, “come walk alongside me, share my yoke and I’ll pull you through whatever you need to go through.” Together, it will be easier, the load less heavy, the relief profound.
I can actually imagine happiness in wearing such a harness when the pulling partner is not only gentle and humble in heart, but encouraging and reassuring every step of the way.
I will never cast off this yoke. I am bound in joy.