“Yes, the teaching that I ask you to accept is easy. The load I give you to carry is light.”
Matthew 11.30 ERV
Jesus contrasted his Way with the heavy loads of legalism imposed by the Pharisees, Mt 12.1-8. While his teaching reaches even the motivations of the heart, it still is far easier than impossible task of earning salvation.
If it is so easy, why is the way so narrow? Mt 7.13-14.
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In Joshua 3:4, the Lord told Joshua and the nation, as they prepared themselves to pass over the Jordan River, to make sure there is a distance of about 3,000 feet between the Ark of the Covenant and the first man to follow behind the lead of the priest carrying the ark. The reason for this distance is two-fold: first, the ark was holy and no man could get close without the Lord bringing judgment upon the perpetrator; second, “Do not come near it, that you may know the way by which you must go, for you have not passed this way before.”
Jesus said that He is the way the truth and the life; no man can go to the Father, but by Him (John 14:6). Earlier in His ministry to the nation He appealed to all who could hear His voice, “Come unto me all you labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). In matters that pertain to righteousness it is so easy for us to think that we can replace our own way of thinking for the Lord’s. This is a catastrophic mistake. Are we so strong that we can create the heavens and earth? Are we so wise that we can make a plan even before the earth was created? Have we so much knowledge that we can tell the end from the beginning and all things that happen in between? Since we can do none of these things, isn’t it best that we follow the path the Lord has lain for us—having already gone Himself?
The road Jesus took through life ultimately led to the cross. No one can deny that.
The road we must take as Christians is the same one. This is where the disagreements begin.
Yet, Jesus said, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me,” (Matthew 16:24 NASB). To follow Jesus, we must take the same road.
Some people would be glad to follow Jesus just as long as the road doesn’t lead to suffering. Then they’re ready to part ways with him. Yet, following Jesus always means this. “Therefore, since Christ has suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same purpose, because he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin,” (1 Peter 4:1 NASB).
The “prosperity gospel” doesn’t fit this, does it? With the prosperity gospel, you give and you get what you want. Jesus’ gospel teaches that if you give you will get tough times and persecution. The Apostle Paul wrote, “Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus,” (2 Timothy 2:3 ASV), and, “Yea, and all that would live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution,” (2 Timothy 3:12).
Everyone travels a road in this life. Christians travel the “road not taken” as Robert Frost called it. It is a road that leads to suffering, just as it did for our Lord.
Anyone can become angry. That is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way – this is not easy.
Aristotle, Greek philosopher (384-322 B.C.), from the Nicomachean Ethics