John 16;13: “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come”
Here Jesus talks of the benefits of Him leaving and the exchange of His person with the Spirit person that is the Holy Spirit. He tells the disciples that He (the Holy Spirit) will talk of things to come and will lead us into all truth. To be lead takes submission right. To be lead means that someone in this arrangement needs to submit any will and logic they may have to the one who knows the way.
Romans 8:14 “For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.” Paul lets us know that a tell tell sign of the son’s of God are those that are led by the Spirit of God. The scripture points to point of maturity and relationship. We are no longer servants, but now sons.
In Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus encourages us to do something quite different. He said “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 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. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
He extends an invitation for all the weary and burdened and exchange He would give us rest. So far this sound like the perfect exchange. I’m tired, and you want to give me rest. Fine.
He then goes on to suggest how this exchange would work. He says we need to take His yoke on us, and learn from him. A yoke is an object that would be used to link two animals together… to do work.. Both were linked together to carry out one task. At this point most would question the methods here. How does working provide rest? He goes on to tell us that His yoke is easy and the burden is light. But its still work!
The Spirit of God brings a sense of relationship. Jesus brought us Grace. Prior to his appearance we were bound to the law which Paul in the book of Romans consistently calls weak. It was weak because it had no remedy to sin only condemnation of sin. The law was good for identification of where you went wrong, but the methods of redemption were through works. Jesus came to provide both relationship and the concept of Grace by no works of our own but the once and for all sacrifice that He would make on our behalf.
While we may sin, fall short, miss the mark, get it wrong, fall over, make a mess we are married to a man of Grace. He says through the prophet Isaiah (I paraphrase) Come, lets talk this over, though your sins be as scarlet I will make them as white as snow (Isaiah 1:18) Here we see the power isn’t ours to make us white, but His. Under the law we would have to find a goat, a priest, wait for the day of repentance, make sacrifices, go here, do this, do that – but we are not under the law, but under Grace where God offers to take that burden from you and give you rest.
We no longer need to be concerned with the task of being perfect. Our relationship is no longer performance based because HE became our righteousness and we now stand complete IN Him. We are encourage to yoke up with Him. Get into partnership. Submit our ways to His. Align ourselves with His work – because ultimately its the easier way to live this thing called life. 1 Peter 5:6+7 encourages us to humble ourselves under His mighty hand – and how do we do that? By casting all our cares on Him. Why? Simply because he cares for us.