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Has anyone found Christianity an “easy yoke” or another added burden?
The difference between what Christ and religion is clear by Matthew 11:28-30:
Organized Religion does not give light burdens and generally issues their own set of laws to keep in exchange for God’s acceptance.
It’s Righteousness by faith in Christ’s performance that takes away the weight the law puts on man kind. Keeping God’s laws is useless for justification.
“by works of the law shall no flesh be justified”
Laboring to keep laws that can never justify us anyway is a burden.
Trusting in Christ’s past performance removes our record of imperfect law keeping.
Trusting in his spirit makes our present behavior right.
“The letter of the law killeth, the spirit of the law gives life.”
This is where the “easy” comes in.
Self effort is useless, it’s trusting Christ that empowers us in the present.
Switching from self effort to trusting Christ’s power to perform in us right this moment when we need him. This constant trust removes the burden keeping the law through self effort and empowers us with Christ’s power.
You cannot keep the law without his help anyway. God requires us to walk with him, and to depend on him.
“without me you can do nothing” – Jesus
“the just shall walk by faith”
Without his help you can’t do anything but with his help (brought to you through faith) you can do anything!
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
There is space for two in Christ’s yoke. Keeping the law is something you can never do solo.