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The Weekly Word: Jesus will make our burden light, even now

By Pastor Matt Howlett, First Baptist Church

The last time I wrote an article for the newspaper was at the beginning of Lent. I was reflecting on all that would be coming up in an exciting time, as we moved closer to Easter. We were focusing on Jesus, and clearing away everything that would get in the way of what is truly important in life.

Things have gone just a bit differently than I had envisioned this Lenten season, yet we have certainly had the opportunity to strip away everything that is preventing us from focusing on Jesus!

Many of us are in a time of sorrow. We miss gathering with friends and family. We miss the freedom of coming and going where we want, when we want. Our children even miss being in school!

We have had to sacrifice a great deal, and lost out on much, in an effort to keep everyone as safe as possible during this time.

But guess what? When we look at our calendar, today is still Good Friday!

For everything we have lost, given up and sacrificed, today is still the day that a man, who was without sin, willingly sacrificed himself so that you could truly live.

While it is natural to reflect on our loss and sacrifice at this time, it is nothing compared to Jesus Christ being stripped of everything and nailed to the cross for the forgiveness of our sins.

I wonder what Jesus would think of our complaining? Complaining about being stuck in our comfortable homes, with endless ways to entertain ourselves and numerous ways to stay in contact with friends and family.

What would he think of our “suffering” as he felt his life drain from him on the cross, so your sins could be forgiven?

In comparison to Jesus suffering on the cross, our minor inconveniences during this time become pretty minor.

Jesus gave it all for you and me. He did it without hesitation so that you could live. We can surely give up a few things, so that everyone has the best chance to be healthy and come through this pandemic.

Jesus will continue to guide and protect you. He will bring you comfort if you just call on his name.

Take time today, reflect upon all that Jesus has done for you and continues to do for you. He will make your burden light, even now.

He promised in Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 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. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Our heavenly father can handle all of this. We will get through this if we turn our burdens to him.