Theme: The Burden Bearer, Matt. 11:28-30
came to the world as a missionary, to deliver and to save mankind from
damnation, arising from Adamic sin. By the time God concluded that man’s
situation was hopeless it was quite clear that there was no way he could
measure up to the standards He had set for him, Gen. 6:5-6. Every effort God
made subsequently, such as the elevation of Noah with the same mandate as He
had given to Adam, did not achieve the expected results, Gen. 9:1-4.
God created man out of the purest love ever He never abandoned him. To bring
humans back to Himself He instituted the 10 commandments in the hope that they
would obey them. They never did, at least not in full, Ex. 20:1-17. The
Prophetic Ministry did not lead to full repentance either. Rather, sin flourished
from generation to generation, Luke 11:47-50, Acts 7:52-53. Eventually God
decided to send His only begotten son, “the brightness of His glory, and the
express image of His person…” Hebrews 1:3, to deliver and return man to Him.
at the beginning of His Ministry Jesus unfolded His Mission Plan thus.
This spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor, he hath sent me
to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovery
of sight to the blind and to set at liberty them that are bruised. To preach
the acceptable year of the Lord, Lk. 4:18-19.
burden was heavy but it was not beyond Jesus. He was willing, able and ready to
bear it at enormous cost. It was certainly well beyond human capacity. Such was
the commitment of Father and Son, arising from their unparalled love and
compassion for humankind, that, even before the foundation of the world, they
had both agreed that should man fail to live up to his responsibilities, post
creation, (Gen. 1:26-27, Gen. 2:15-17) Jesus would come to the rescue as the
sacrificial lamb, Rev. 13:8.
was one thing to be entrusted with dominion it was an entirely different thing
to live up to it. Adam failed God and, by implication, the entire human race
allowed satan to undermine the divine project, with all its unprecedented goodwill,
Gen. 3:1-6, Rom. 3:23.
had to come. There was no other way John 14:6.
His ministry Jesus manifested as the bearer of the burden of others. It was
typical of Him to say to everyone who cares to listen.
“Come unto me all ye that labour
and are heavy laden and I will give you rest…” Matt. 11:28.
person who loads men with burdens is satan, the evil one, but Jesus says, come
with that unbearable load, I will take them off you. However you will have to accept my own yoke
too but it is lighter than the one tied on your back by the oppressor, Matt. 11:29-30
the burden is ill-health of any kind Jesus will destroy its power. It does not
matter to Him that the disease is leprosy, the compassion in Him would make
touch and heal the victim, Matt. 8:1-3. Death did not scare Him. He exercised
supreme authority over it causing it and the satanic power behind it to flee,
Luke 7:11-17, John 11:32-44. Jesus must have caused a stir when the people of Bethany
saw his friend, Lazarus, who had been in the grave 4 days, sitting with Him, a
few days after, sharing a meal together with his sister, Martha, John 12:1-2.
if you have a challenge, which is beyond human effort, go to him and He is
there for you. The woman with the Issue of Blood for 12 years sought help from
Him and promptly received it. Jesus took over her burden as she was healed
instantly, Mark 5:25-34.
superior authority Jesus drove out demons from their human habitations, making
them plead for mercy, Mark 1:23-27; Mark 5:1-20
is truly the burden bearer.
His Personal Sacrifice
the greatest thing He did, for the entire human race, was His self sacrifice,
knowing well in advance, the suffering and shame that awaited Him, and taking
with Him our sins and our ailments, leaving them on the Cross of Calvary, I
Pet. 2:21-25. But even now in heaven He is still carrying our burden, playing
the advocate, I John 2:1.
Jesus you too must be a burden bearer
1. You must intercede for
(a) those facing one challenge or the other
(b) for the church in the face of attacks by
(c) for those who are sick or distressed
2. Give to those in need and for the cause
of the Gospel. You will not regret doing so, not on account of the reward,
which is sure (Lk 6:38, Mark 10:29-30) but because you can never pay back for
the saving Grace from which you and I benefit everyday.