One of the more fascinating passages in the Gospels is Matthew 11: 28-30:
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
This is an especially puzzling passage when taken together with this one:
26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. 27 And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
So: Jesus’s yoke is easy and His burden is light, but if you don’t hate your family and yourself and carry your cross then you can’t be His disciple. Sound easy to you?
I guess the best question to ask is this:
Compared to what?
No specific answers forthcoming. Just something to think about.