Wednesday, May 3, 2017

I’m Gonna Lay Down My Burdens

Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

I dug out my study notes that I thought I might use for an Easter message because a thought just kept ringing in my head. It had to do with the Lord’s triumphal entry when the people “cast their garments upon the colt, and they set Jesus there on” [Luke 19.35]. The note that I wrote about this had to do with the casting of their garments. The Greek word for cast is the compound word epiripto. In secular literature, it’s describes how one would fling a garment, bag, or excess weight off their shoulder and onto the back of an animal. You can almost see that in your mind, right?

The only other time that word is used in Scripture came from the pen of Peter when he wrote, “Casting all your cares upon Him because He cares for you” [1 Peter 5.7]. Epiripto: epi - upon or on top of something, and ripto - to fling or throw something with great force.

If you are burdened with cares, anxieties, or fears, epiripto them on Christ as quickly as you can. You may be able to manage them for a bit, but you weren’t designed to carry such weight for any length of time. That’s why the body or nervous system breaks down when it undergoes such influences too long.  

Why attempt to bear the weight of the world on your shoulders? The Lord cares for you and invites you to let Him be your burden bearer. Whatever weight you’re lugging around — worries, cares, concerns — stop right now and yield everyone of them to Jesus. “Lord, I cast my cares on You, and thank you for setting me free.”

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11.28-29

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