It is so easy for us to believe what we want to believe. Even when it flies so clearly in the face of all the evidence, both from our own experiences and throughout history. We rationalize, we dismiss any facts that run contrary to what we've already established for ourselves as truth. We've been taught that "faith" is what we are not allowed to question.
Jesus promised, in Matthew 11:28-30, "Come to Me, all of you who are weary and heavy laden. I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am
Shall we continue to read through the story and see how it ends for Jesus?
Even if we accept that He is inevitably triumphant, where is the easy part? What is so light about carrying your own execution stake up to the top of Golgotha?
It shouldn't take more than a cursory glance through history to invalidate His invitation. Not one of the apostles that followed experienced anything easy or light. Throughout the centuries to follow, the martyrdom and oppression of true believers has been carefully recorded for us. And look at our own lives? Who, in this world today, can honestly say that their life is easier because they've chosen to follow the Messiah's example?
Think about that, the next time an un-believer scoffs at your invitation to become a Christian.
Did Jesus lie?
Maybe we've allowed Him to be seriously misrepresented, because what we read sounded good to a particular audience, or because it is what we would like to believe, or because we've been told, "You have to believe what the Bible says, or you don't have faith."
As it turns out, Jesus' most famous of all invitations may have been seriously mis-handled by our English translators. While the words can mean, "easy" and "light" in their most rudimentary definitions, they can also mean, "with purpose" and "effectual".
If you think about it, as a farmer, you wouldn't buy a plow yoke made out of Styrofoam. You don't put on a yoke because it is light weight and comfortable. You put on a weight that is true, that is going to help you get the job done. You choose the equipment that is going to provide you with the straightest, deepest rows with the least effort (not because it is easy or light, but because it is effective).
It's no wonder that the world has so completely dismissed the Christian Messiah. It's no wonder that so many leave the churches of their fathers for an easier life. They'be been sold a lie. What is so very tragic, though, is that the lie didn't originate from Jesus. It came from us, because we wanted to sell a faith that is easy and light, instead of the One Faith that'll get the job done.