Matthew 11

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 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. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

Jesus has given us specifics ways to have joy be our normal state. It has to do with connecting with him so closely, we learn to move the way he moves and think the way he thinks. Jesus compares this to the way people farmed in his day. When the field is plowed by oxen, an older experienced ox is yoked to a new rookie ox. The older ox leads the plowing until the younger ox learns to do things the same way. When they spend so much time learning to be in synch together, the younger ox takes on the traits of the older ox. This is what Jesus offers. Spend time with him, constantly focusing on Jesus and his ways, learning from him how to live a joy filled life in the midst of the suffering and hardship of normal life and we will return to joy quickly after upset.

Yes, the Christian life Jesus offers rewires our very brains. We become the kind of people who can face life the way he would face it if he were us.


How did Jesus respond during times of stress and upset?  

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