What did Jesus mean by "My burden is ‘light’”?


Matthew 11:30

ESV - 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
Jesus' description of His yoke as light reflects the following aspects:

1) The weight of our yoke is immeasurably increased by the innate, universal corruption of our natures by sin, which renders us incapable of pleasing God (apart from faith in Christ) -- a burden from which Christ is free -- and from which we can be delivered through faith in Him. There is no greater weight, bondage, or slavery than being captive to our sin, and being unable to free ourselves in any way.

2) Even the means of salvation by works of the Law as commanded by God serves only to condemn us through our inability to keep it perfectly (unlike Christ, who could and did keep it in its entirety).

3) Believers in Christ can perform the "burden" of their obedient actions out of gratitude to Christ for a salvation that He has already won for them, rather than under the burden of necessity or compulsion.

4) Believers further have the inward presence of God the Holy Spirit to aid and guide them, as compared to obedience to the Law through our own efforts, in which no such assistance is provided.

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