Redeemed from the Burden

My whole life I tried to carry everything: my past, my mistakes, my life all by myself. I thought that I was strong enough to carry this burden. And everyday it weighed so heavily upon me, so much that I fell hard and often. But I kept trying to get up, bruised and battered but the burden was too heavy. Last year though I thought I had fallen for the last time. The burden had gotten heavier as each year passed and last year the burden had cost me my family and my friends. I lay there on the ground, ready to give up my life and die. Then a man came along and saw me laying on the ground and said, “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30). And on January 6th, 2012, I gave up my burden and my life completely to this man, Jesus Christ. He has taken the burden completely off of me and has taken it all upon Himself. He has replaced my burden with joy and peace and purpose.

Last week I had a chance to share with a friend this truth. It was hard sharing with him that he would never be able to carry this burden on his own, but the shear joy came from the part that Jesus Christ wanted to take this burden off of him and give him peace and joy and purpose. And to my amazement my friend surrendered his life to Jesus Christ and now his burden has been lifted off of him and I can already see evident in his life the peace that Christ has brought him.

“For you know that you were redeemed from your empty way of life inherited from the fathers, not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish. He was chosen before the foundation of the world but was revealed at the end of the times for you.” (1 Peter 1:18-20)

All of us have burdens and hard stuff we deal with. I am here today to tell you some hard truth: you will never be able to deal with it on your own. You can try to lug this heavy load around all day by yourself and it will just leave you exhausted and depressed, because the fact is we were not made to do this on our own. Believe me, I tried for twenty years of my life to carry my own burdens and it drove me to depression and anger. But Jesus Christ wants to take all of that frustration and depression off of you. He wants you to know that yes you can never carry this burden on your own but that you don’t have to. He wants to take all the pressure off of you right here and right now. He already took all of our sins upon Him when He died on the cross for all our sins and I do mean all. He died for our past, present, and future sins. We will never be justified in God’s eyes by what we do, or how good we are. We can never be good enough. But Jesus Christ steps in front of us and covers us with His blood, so that when God looks at us, all He sees is Jesus Christ. He doesn’t see our mistakes and failures and the disgusting sins we have committed, He sees Jesus Christ’s blood covering us. You may think that you have done way too much for Jesus to be able to take your burden. That’s the lie satan told me too, but it is just that, a lie. Jesus wants us to come to Him no matter where we have been, no matter what we have done. He can redeem anyone’s life, I’m a testimony to that. No matter how far you think you are from Christ, He is closer than you think. He is calling out to you today, wanting to redeem you. Don’t let your past or your present hold you back.

Cast your burdens on the Lord and just watch and see how He will redeem you completely.

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