The Burden Bearer

Friday, November 11, 2022
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Isaiah 53:4a – Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. (NLT)

My parents assisted me with burdens for the first eighteen years of my life.

From tending to my basic needs to teaching me responsibility and getting me jobs, they helped me to carry the burdens that accompany growing up. Since then, there have been other occasions when they helped me to bear unwanted burdens: when I lost a job, when a relationship failed, when a child rebelled, or when my only car broke down.

Others have also helped me to carry burdens. Church members who've come to my side when death took a loved one, grandparents who helped me to purchase tires for a vehicle, a child who forked over hard-earned money to help me pay a bill, total strangers who helped me to free my truck from a snow drift, and a spouse who helps me to bear every burden that surfaces.

In today's verse, the ancient prophet told of how the coming Messiah would be a burden bearer. He would not blow in on a white horse and conquer Israel's enemies. Instead, He would bear burdens at His first coming and conquer at His second coming.

The greatest burden that Jesus Christ helps us to carry is sin. Since we're born with a sinful nature, we need a burden bearer. On the cross, Jesus took the sins of humanity. Though paid for in full, the results of what He accomplished are effective only when we ask Him to apply them to our personal lives. Forgiveness doesn't happen automatically.

When we ask Jesus to carry our sin burden, He not only carries it but also removes it and throws it as far as the east is from the west — and shoves it into the uttermost depths of the ocean. In other words, He eliminates the ultimate penalty for this burden: eternity apart from Him.

Unfortunately, life also has other burdens resulting from our sins and from living in a world tainted by sin. These burdens we need help bearing also. While others help us to shoulder these burdens, only God can do it consistently and permanently. Others will disappoint us — not necessarily intentionally, but simply because they are human.

Although the help of others is wonderful and needed, the service of an all-powerful and all-knowing God is crucial. He is the burden bearer Who will never leave or forsake us.

Are you letting Christ bear your burdens?

Prayer: Father, thank You that there is no burden so significant that You can't bear for us. Amen.

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen Martin.

    Thank you, Martin, blessings.

    Thank you, Martin, for an exceptional devotion today.

    Thanks, Martin. Your writing is always worth the read.

    Thank you for sharing this encouraging devotional with us today.

    Good morning, Martin. Thank you for the wonderful reminder in today’s devotional. Blessings.

    Martin, thank you for reminding me to consider all the ways burdens have been lifted for me as I think of my 82 years of life. You have rightly pointed to Jesus and His taking on my load of sin on himself, and the sin of the world. Amazing love!

    Many thanks Martin for another of your special devotionals. We truly are so very fortunate to have our loving Lord ever ready to bear our burdens and give us peace and comfort. Blessings for your writings and may you have a very blessed day.

    Dear Martin,
    What a wonderful concept to think about. As I read your devotional, thoughts came to mind about how others had helped me bear my own burdens; and knowing that the sovereign burden bearer is Jesus.

    Thanks, Martin. This is so encouraging:
    When we ask Jesus to carry our sin burden, He not only carries it but also removes it and throws it as far as the east is from the west – and shoves it into the uttermost depths of the ocean.

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