Our scripture this morning is Matthew 11:28-30.

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke on you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and my load is not hard to carry.

Jesus explains that His love and lessons are intended to make our spiritual lives easier. The religious leaders of that time had hundreds of rules in an attempt to cover every possible situation. Jesus gives us a simpler set: Love God, love neighbor, make disciples.

He tells us there is still work to be done but we aren’t alone in our efforts. Jesus is there beside us, along with our brothers and sisters in faith. We are blessed to be connected to Him and each other through God’s redeeming love.

The difference is that Jesus comes to save us, not control us. While people use political and economic means to enforce their will, Jesus offers us a better way. Through Him, we can return to the relationship God made us for, each one of us a unique and beloved part of His family.

Gracious God, we are sorry for our willful disobedience and our lack of love. Help us to follow our Savior to the eternal life You have promised. Amen.

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