If you have ever been inside of a loading dock, you would have noticed that much of your surroundings consists of large boxes or containers. In most loading docks, shipments are either brought to or will be shipped from the location of the dock. However, because of the sheer size and bulk of shipments that are too heavy for a human to carry, it then requires heavy equipment to lift and transport from one area to the next. Such machinery that would be appropriate would be that of a forklift.
A forklift is a vehicle that has the ability to lift a considerable amount of weight. It is designed to carry massive amounts of weight, and can transport items within a short distance. They are useful as it relates to eliminating an individual or multiple individuals from attempting to lift a weight that is too heavy. In essence, this vehicle removes the burden from a human being by lifting the item that would be impossible for one to carry on his or her own.
How often have you found yourself attempting to carry an emotional or even a burden of life that was too much handle? Life brings with it various moments of joy, discovery, and opportunities for maturity. However, with life there are moments that can be tragic and frustrating. All of us have become weary in our mindset and in our own outlooks of life. However, there is one who can and will carry your burdens and that is Jesus Christ.
In the book of Matthew 11, we see that Jesus is preaching and teaching in various cities. In the earlier part of this chapter (verses 1-6) the Disciples of John the Baptist meet with Jesus to find out if Jesus was indeed the Messiah who was prophesied to come. He sends them back to John the Baptist who is in prison, and Jesus then turns His attention to the crowds in the cities that He traveled to.
In verses 7-19, Jesus is seen challenging the crowd on their expectations of John the Baptist. It is clear in the scripture that their expectation of John the Baptist was false, to the point where the people were unwilling to hear what John had to proclaim. Basically, Jesus equates their mentality to that of being blasphemous because they had rejected the truth that God was speaking through John the Baptist.
As a result, Jesus judges the cities that He visits harshly for their sinfulness and unrepentance in verses 20-24 of Matthew chapter 11. However, the verse to focus on for the purposes of this post is that of verse 28 which says:
(NLT) “Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”
In the verses before that statement, Jesus is praying a prayer of thanksgiving in verses 25-27:
(NLT) “At that time Jesus prayed this prayer: “O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike. Yes, Father, it pleased you to do it this way! “My Father has entrusted everything to me. No one truly knows the Son except the Father, and no one truly knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”
It is important to note that what Jesus is saying in His prayer is that there are two types of individuals in question. Those who think of themselves as wise in their own eyes. These were the individuals who rejected the truth of God that was given through John the Baptist. The second group of individuals were those who were ‘childlike’ as Jesus said which meant that they were willing to believe with a childlike faith, meaning that they were open to trusting in God.
The overall point to be gained from this part of the passage is that Jesus is essentially saying that He is the one who provides an illumination from the darkness of sin. When He goes on to say in verse 28 that all who are weary can lay their burdens upon Him, He is talking about laying down the burdens of sin before Him.
When we are in our sin and have not accepted Christ as our Lord & Savior, we are operating out of pride which means that we are carrying our own burdens. The weight of sin is a heavy burden to carry. That is why we have an advocate in Jesus Christ who died and rose again so that the burden of sin could be carried by Him. However, the burden of sin is not the only burden that Christ can carry.
You may be downtrodden because of an emotional burden, or even suffering from physical pain. The great thing about God is that He offers an opportunity for all of us to relinquish our burdens onto Him. 1 Peter 5:7 says, (NLT) “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” Like the forklift was built to lift heavy objects, the persons of God and Jesus Christ are available to lift your burden as you traverse through life.
It is the individual who is proud who rejects assistance when they are in need of someone to lift a heavy weight. The danger in trying to lift the weight yourself is that you may suffer from an injury in the process. There are some things that we as humans were not meant to carry on our own. God desires to not only protect each person who trusts in Him, but He wants to carry your burdens. As the Apostle Peter says, “He cares for you.”
The offering of life and life abundantly has been given to you and I as a gift. Jesus Christ bled and died so that your sin could be erased and no longer brought up again to bring shame. Instead, God desires that you release your burdens onto Him so that you can be free from the weight. Whether your burden is a particular sin, or it is an emotional scar, or maybe you are suffering from physical pain. Whatever burden you are carrying, you have the Heavenly Father to lift the weight that you carry.
If you don’t know Jesus in the pardon of your sins, you have an opportunity to be forgiven and receive redemption through Christ. As the scripture says, in Matthew Chapter 11, verse 28, He will give you rest. Are you weary and in need of rest? Surrender your life to Christ, and allow Him to lead you to a place of rejuvenation and peace.