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“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” - Matthew 11:28-30.


Before our Saviour made this open invitation to all who “labour and are heavy laden”, he had, from the earlier verses, (verses 2 - 27), upbraided or chastised the cities of Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum – cities in Galilee – in that the mighty works he did in these cities evoked so little positive response from them. Our Redeemer then thanked God for revealing the way of salvation, not to “the wise and prudent” of the world but to “babes”, those regarded by society as weak and ignorant. Certainly, the kingdom privileges would be enjoyed only by those who humble themselves to come to Christ so as to serve God acceptably.

The situation in the time of our Saviour, when a number of the people were so steeped in ungodliness that they could not discern spiritual things is even worse in the world of today which is bedeviled by such vices as selfishness, greed, hatred, hypocrisy and carnality, among other vices. The prevalence of these ills, which are planted and nurtured on earth by the devil, accounts for the troubles in the world today. Those who turn to Christ will get true freedom from sin and death. (John 8:35, 36) St. Paul wrote: “…for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” - Romans 6:19, 23.

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