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A Disciple has a Yoke


A disciple is a learner or a pupil.   A disciple’s life is transformed by the nature of his instructor and the method of teaching of the his instructor.   In Matthew 11:28, Christ bids for lives of individuals by saying, “Come unto Me all you that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.”  Christ is looking for students who want to learn from Him a new way of life.

 Another System of Life

Christ came to offer a new system or a new curriculum under which students could learn.  This system is a system of grace and truth (John 1:17).  Christ the teacher is Truth (John 14:6); He cannot lie (Titus 1:2);  His method of teaching is via grace (Titus 2:11,12).   Christ wants to rescue us from the system of bondage that depends on the flesh to obey laws. To try to satisfy God’s righteousness through the flesh is an impossible yoke to bear. Man’ s flesh can only produce a self-righteousness, a relative righteousness or a religious righteousness.  The flesh does not have the ability to produce God’s righteousness. Christ’s new system wants us to leave our own broken, vain and hopeless methods and yoke up with Him as our new Teacher.


The Son’s Classroom

Christ invites us to His classroom where He will reveal His Father (Matthew 11:27b). The Son teaches by example in His classroom. The Son’s method of teaching is for His students to watch Him and learn from His Father (John 5:19). Christ said He Christ invites us to His classroom where He will reveal His Father Click To Tweetcould do “nothing of Himself” (John 5:19, 30).  A disciple of Chist does not lean on his own understanding but trust in Someone else for His understanding and judgements (John 5:30, Proverb 3:5).  The Son’s classroom is a demonstration of trust motivated by the Father’s love (Galatians 5:6).  Christ says, “Learn of Me,” or learn by watching me.

Wisdom of Babes

The classroom where Christ is teaching is for babes (Matthew 11:25).  A babe is a person who is dependent on another. The wise and prudent are not in the classroom with Christ simply because they are “wise in their own eyes” (Isaiah 5:21) and not willing to be dependent.   A babe surrenders  because of inability to make judgments and provide for himself. As babes, a disciple desires the sincere unadulterated milk of God’s Word (1 Peter 2:2).

Christ’s Attitude

Christ’s classroom is Him showing us how to take upon us the same yoke He has with His Father. Christ is yoked, or coupled, with His Father. Christ shows His students the proper attitude in being yoked with God the Father, or how to be under the authority of His Father. It is an attitude of meekness and lowliness of heart (Matthew 11:29).

The meekness of Christ is an inward attitude of being teachable toward the eternal plan of God whether it is good or bad in time Click To Tweet

The meekness of Christ is an inward attitude of being teachable toward the eternal plan of God whether it is good or bad in time.   Lowliness of heart  is reverence toward the Father, which produces wisdom (Job 28:28).   This wisdom  comes from above which  is pure, peaceable, gentle, easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality or hypocrisy (James 3:17). The Father gives these gifts through the Son to the teachable.


Ability of the Yoke

The disciple of Christ discovers that Christ’s yoke is easy, eternally beneficial, bringing everlasting glory the soul of man. The yoke is not the condemning yoke of the Law. Christ’s yoke produces a rest from being dependent on self.  The disciple’s rest comes from learning to cease from his own works (Hebrews 4:10) because of his co-crucifixion with Christ (Galatians 2:20).  The disciple discovers the divine ability that is accessed through the yoke. The ability comes from God providing (Genesis 22:8) the ability.  The yoke of Christ does not put a burden on the flesh of man, but is characterized by its lightness filled with ability (Matthew 11:30).  A disciple under the authority of Christ is bound to His yoke and is carried in the glory of God where he would not have gone in His own ability (John 21:8).

Gary Groenewold

Gary Groenewold

Pastor Groenewold graduated from Maryland Bible College and Seminary in 1992 and was ordained in 2001. He has served as a missionary in Kenya, Ukraine, and Germany. He currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with his wife and two children.
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