Ryle: The comforts of the Gospel far outweigh the cross


Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. —Matthew 11:29-30 ESV

J.C. Ryle comments at Grace Gems:

No doubt there is a cross to be carried, if we follow Christ. No doubt there are trials to be endured, and battles to be fought. But the comforts of the Gospel far outweigh the cross.

  • Compared to the service of the world and sin,
  • compared to the yoke of Jewish ceremonies,
  • and the bondage of human superstition,

Christ’s service is in the highest sense easy and light. His yoke is no more a burden than the feathers are to a bird. His commandments are not grievous. His ways are ways of pleasantness, and all his paths are peace. (1 John 5:3. Prov. 3:17.)

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