Burdens Sermon Illustrations

Burdens Sermon Illustrations

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Why God's Yoke Is Easy

The superintendent of a mission school read the text, "My yoke is easy." Turning to the children she asked, "Who can tell me what a yoke is?" A little girl said, "Something they put on the necks of animals." Then she inquired, "What is the meaning of God's yoke?" All were silent for a moment, when the hand of a four-year-old child went up and she said, "God putting his arms around our necks." What could be more comforting than that?—Rev. Mark Guy Pearse.


'Blessed be the Lord, who daily beareth our burden.' (Ps. 68. 19). That is the Revised Version translation.

Christ is the Sin-bearer in His propitiation—1 Pet. 2. 24, 25:
He is the Burden-bearer in His priestly ministry—1 Pet. 5. 7:
He will be the Glory-bearer in the day of His power—Zech. 6. 12-13.
`Thinkest thou canst sigh a sigh, and thy Maker is not nigh?
Thinkest thou canst shed a tear, and thy Maker is not near?'

In the course of a sermon an old Scottish preacher quoted three texts: 1 Pet. 2. 24—'Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree', adding—`There's ma sins awa'; 1 Pet. 5. 7—`Casting all your care upon Him, for He careth for you', adding 'There's ma cares awa'; and John 14. 3-`I will come again and receive you unto myself'-and added 'There's masel' awa'.

(Heb. 4. 15)


'The further the intrepid voyager proceeded up the great waterway (River Amazon), the finer became the physique of the natives. And at last, when I reached a point to which no white man had ever before penetrated, I discovered men and women, any of whom might have posed as models for Grecian sculptors,' wrote Alfred Russel Wallace in his Travels on the Amazon.

The reason is obvious. The savage knows nothing of the law of Christ. He will bear no other's burden. The sick must die, the wounded perish, the feeble go to the wall. Only the mightiest and most muscular survive.—Dr. F. W. Boreham

(Rom. 15. 1; Gal. 6. 2) 125.


I remember going down the High Street in Edinburgh early one morning and meeting a number of children coming up. One of them was borne on the shoulders of another, and, on my asking the reason, he said that the little fellow had burned his foot the night before, and he was carrying him to school. That could not have happened in any other school in Edinburgh.—Dr. Thomas Guthrie

`Bear ye one another's burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ.' (Gal. 6. 2)

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