Burden Bearers

Galatians 6:2

A bout 2,000 years ago, Paul, with his big sympathetic heart, exhorted the Christians of his time to bear one another’s burdens; that is, to help each other in the trials and difficulties they had to encounter as they fought their way through the world below to the world above. In doing this, he assured them that they would be carrying out the wishes of their Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.

If we are to fulfill the law, that is, carry out the will of Jesus Christ and follow the example which He has left us in His own blessed life, we must do our part as burden bearers.

Look at Him lying a helpless infant in the manger. What does it mean? He has come to bear your burdens.

Look at Him contending with the devil in the wilderness. What does it mean? He is fighting for you and bearing your burdens.

Look at Him as He travels through the world in poverty, hunger and tears, being cast out, slandered and rejected of men. What does that mean? He is bearing your burdens.

Look at Him in Gethsemane’s Garden. Oh, the burden is heavy on His heart! So heavy that it forces the very blood through the pores of His dear body. What does that mean? It is your burden that makes that bloody sweat.

Look at Him at Pilate’s Judgment Bar. They are mocking Him, crowning Him with thorns, plucking the hair from His cheeks, and clamoring for His death. What does that mean? He is bearing your burdens.

Look at Him in the last dreadful agony, dying in darkness on the cross. What does that mean? He is bearing your burdens.

Look at Him lying in the grave, rising from the tomb, ascending to heaven, sitting at the right hand of the throne, showing His hands, and pleading with the Father. What does it all mean? He is bearing your burdens.

That is the rule, and there is the example He has left for you to copy. He says,

“Go and do for your comrades, so far as you have the power, what I have done for you.”

“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2 NKJV).

William Booth, The Warrior’s Daily Portion

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