A better question would be who is the Silver Spring Church of Christ? We are a body of people who believe that Jesus Christ is Lord -- meaning that God lived on earth in the form of Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus Christ taught us how to live, died for our sins, rose from the dead (to demonstrate that He really was God) and now sits at the right hand of the Father.
Our congregation consists of people from every race, of many languages and nationalities (about 25 nations represented on a typical Sunday morning!), of all ages, educational levels, marital statuses, and economic levels.
We are all sinners who have thrown ourselves on the grace of God, and we live with a joy and peace because God graciously forgives. God's Holy Spirit lives in us, and changes us from what we should otherwise be without Him.
HOW "KIND" IS JESUS' YOKE?
Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV):
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Even though this passage should bring all of us much comfort because of the words
“rest,” “easy,” and
“light,” Jesus is not saying that his yoke is undemanding, painless, or trouble-free. On the con-trary he’s calling us to take his yoke and work with him.
A yoke is a tool used to join at least two work animals in order to plow a field together. There are different kinds of yokes. One type of yoke is a wooden beam fastened around the necks of two work animals. Another type is the Egyptian yoke, which was a rod fas-tened across the forehead at the base of the horns of two oxen. These yokes could vary in weight, some were heavy and others were light.
Jesus is saying that his yoke will not be too burdensome to bear. On the other hand, when he said that his “yoke is easy,” he was not saying “effortless.” The Greek word used here means easy and mild in the sense of being useful, pleasant, virtuous, good, and kind. The yoke is not so much easy, as it is gentle and kind. What’s really interesting is that this word is the adjectival form of the same word used in Galatians 5:22; when Paul wrote that “the fruit of the Spirit is… kindness” (KJV: “gentleness”) Jesus’ yoke is kind!
There is comfort in knowing that we’re working side by side with Je-sus in the field of this world. As we plow together, we also need to remember that his yoke is easy, because he makes our work pleas-ant, good, and kind in everything we do being yoked together with him.
Minister, Silver Spring
Church of Christ