An unprecedented number have logged on to our blog this past week, which shows me that the subject of yokes is extremely important to you. Jesus came to set captives free and break the bands of the yokes of His children. Can you hear chains falling to the floor?
Today concludes this series. I have a couple of closing thoughts.
None of us likes the idea of being yoked to anyone or anything. The picture conjures up images of slavery and God did not create us to be bound to evil. The idea of a yoke repels. Yet, if a glorious deliverer promised any of us freedom from slavery, we would make a decision in a split second to be yoked to someone who loves and saves. That is what I must remember when I think of Jesus’ words about yokes. I needed a glorious Deliverer at salvation to yoke me to Himself. I am ‘in Christ.’
While my future is secure and I am already seated in heavenly places with Christ Jesus, I must still contend with my flesh. I am not to be yoked ~
• To religion and live by others’ measuring stick.
• To slavery and live by the demands of controllers.
• To shame and live by the opinions of flawed people.
• To the flesh and live like I did before I believed.
• To deception and live by lies conceived at the gates of darkness.
Jesus offers a glorious alternative. His yoke is easy because it’s love-driven. His yoke is gentle because it’s love-driven. His yoke is light because it’s love-driven. What a friend we have in Jesus.
“Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?” Isaiah 58:6