“Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart..” – Matthew 11 v 28 – 30.
The yoke of Jesus has always been a topic of intense study amongst biblical scholars. In Luke chapter 15, we read the story of a shepherd seeking after a single lost sheep. As we know that Jesus is the great Shepherd of our souls, it is clear that our Lord is describing His supreme devotion to saving the lost and setting the captives free. The fifth verse reads as follows: “And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.”
The image of a sheep laid across the shoulders of Christ has been one often and beautifully portrayed in centuries of artistic expression. In a sense, carrying a sheep in such a manner can be likened to a yoke born across the shoulders. Saving the lost is indeed the yoke of Christ! He now bids us, His followers, to bear His yoke together with Him. “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature” was the instruction He gave to His followers before ascending to Heaven (Mark 16 v 15). Proclaiming the Good News of salvation is the yoke of every believer. His yoke has become our yoke. His calling, our responsibility. He is Savour, Healer and Deliverer. We are His mouth, hands and feet, enabling Him to be all that He is, in a lost and dying world.
The testimony below is that of a young girl who was healed at a recent IN HIS NAME crusade in Malamulele, South Africa. I trust that such will bless you, being a bold proclamation of the eagerness of our Jesus to answer the cry of every aching heart.
DANCING FOR JESUS
Dressed in denims and a red tracksuit top, little Carol is overjoyed. Jesus has just healed her leg – and she is excited! An active youngster, Carol excelled at athletics and dancing. Some six months ago, her one leg mysteriously swelled. Oozing pus, the limb was so painful that Carol became heavily reliant on crutches, even dropping out of school because of the severe discomfort. With medical care scarce and expensive – and no husband to share the burden – her mother, Constance, knew not where to turn. News of the upcoming crusade brought the promise of hope. Seeing the posters advertising the event, Constance was determined to bring her daughter for prayer. On the Saturday evening, she did just that – and a miracle happened!
Carol explains her experience. “I felt so much pain when I was coming here. Then, after prayer, it disappeared! I now feel no pain whatsoever. I am able to walk without my crutches.” Carol smiles broadly. “I can go back to school,” she says. “I can go back to running and dancing. I can win prizes again!” Constance too is thrilled. “I am very, very happy,” she says. “This miracle will cause my relatives to believe in God. Even my own faith is stronger because of this. Now I know – Jesus heals!”
Tamryn is the founder of In His Name Ministries, an evangelistic organisation dedicated to proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout Africa and the world. Find her on Facebook under Tamryn Klintworth or visit the ministry website at: WWW.INHISNAME.ORG.ZA