After the Sunday school teacher shared these lines, he explained the Latter-day pioneer's and their yokes, oxen, and wagons. He said "If the load is in the front of the wagon, the load feels heavier on the yoke... If the load is further back, it lifts the yoke, but is more difficult to pull... With Christ in control of our burden, it is well balanced." With this explanation, the imagery in my mind gave me the idea that Christ is upon the wagon letting the ox, do the pulling. After all it is his yoke, and he decides what to do with it. In support of this I shared, in a previous post, some lines I wrote to my brother:
"Aren't we all bound by chains? Smokers are bound by their addiction to cigarettes, Porn addicts are bound by images, sexaholics are bound by their carnal desire to pleasure themselves, greedy people are bound by their hunger for money, prideful people are bound by what others think about them. In all of these scenarios, the addictions control those who are bound. If I am bound, I am bound by the most wonderful being in the universe, my Father. He knows best. If I am bound, I have seen so many more blessings than if I was bound by something/someone else."Though I had thought of this concept prior to this coming to the forefront of my mind, I had a different thought. As I read those lines, it involved the fact a yoke has a place for two oxen to pull a cart. When I read the lines "My yoke is easy, and my burden is light." I see Christ, not as the task master, but one doing the task. He takes on all the weight, while we walk.
1.) to view Christ as the owner of the yoke, and oxen when He says, "My yoke is easy and my burden is light." The oxen don't have claim to the ownership of the yoke, the Master does.
2.) to view Christ as the puller of the yoke when he says "My yoke..." I testify Christ is much stronger than I. He had to suffer much, and resist much, things I could never fathom of doing. When a dog is given a collar for walking, he could never claim ownership of it, but it is often referred to as the dogs collar. Similarly, the yoke can be called Christ's.
Whichever interpretation you choose in whatever circumstance you happen to be in at the time, the blessing is the same, "and I will give you rest." In either of the thoughts, the work of pulling doesn't cease, but the worker is given rest. Just because the load gets lighter doesn't mean the walking stops. If an ox did stop... there would be far more disastrous outcomes, but, as they continue to walk, "They shall find rest unto their souls" because they take upon themselves the burden (or the yoke) of Christ, which is "easy and... light." This is the entirety of the Doctrine of Christ. I promise, as you humble yourself and strive to continue to walk the path of Christ, the burden you are carrying, be it addiction, grief, depression, anger, physical pain, or any other affliction, Christ will be there lightening your load. I have experienced this myself. Christ lives, and so do his promises. I testify in His sacred name, Jesus Christ, amen.