“I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 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. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 NIV
The above passage speaks towards Jesus' character and when we begin to step out in our faith towards Christ Jesus, we begin to have a relationship with him and this is where the deepening begins.
Jesus' words mention all, not one, and not one select kind of person. Romans 3:22 makes mention that there is no difference. Where believers are concerned in God’s eyes, He loves us all equally and that is proven through one man and one cross.
The Yoke is used as an illustration because when two oxen are yoked together, they must be evenly yoked in stature, strength and brute force. They work together in unison and take on the load equally. There is one exception however, one always takes the first step and this causes the one to carry the load ever so slightly a bit heavier than the other, it isn’t that its will is stronger, or that it is more headstrong, it follows according to what its master dictates. The character of the two oxen is similar and this enables them to work together according to their master’s will.
The Lord’s yoke is somewhat the same, in the fact that when we understand His character we know that He is humble and kind and will never go against the Father’s direction. He does not work on His own accord and deals with us with patience and understanding, taking the burden of our yoke as well as his. When we use this analogy with eyes remained focused on the Cross- we come to know and trust that our faith is becoming strengthened through a relationship with Him. (This speaks about times of trial and testing, heartache and pain- all burdens can be given unto Him)
“Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and loose heart.” Hebrews 12:3 NIV
“But because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.” Hebrews 7:24-25 NIV
Jesus Christ is our hope.
“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” Hebrews 6:19 NIV
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1
If suicide was an allowable offence or act, Jesus Christ Himself would never have entered the world as He did, and never would have allowed Himself to be persecuted as He did!
Scripture states that if Jesus had to die for just one person (Let's give that person a name, YOU) He still would have endured all the torment because saving you from sin IS WORTH EVERYTHING TO HIM! ( EVERYTHING BEING HIS VERY LIFE!)
What a wonderful friend we have in Jesus! We are allowed to call Him friend, although there are many many passages in scripture that we can continue this commentary on, there are other aspects to our faith that need mentioning.
This however is a good start to work off of and I encourage you to lean on these scriptures to help renew, restore your faith and help solidify who you rightfully are and can claim to be!
We all have to work out our own salvation and with that said, I encourage you to read the Holy Scriptures to discover even more truths and revelations about Jesus Christ.
Suicide does not own you, you were bought with a price and it is freely given. You have been called and set apart for a purpose and let these words from God's word settle upon your heart and study them, meditate on them, commit them to memory and draw upon them when you feel the thoughts of suicide try to take away your rightful place at God's side.
You are loved, and cherished and I encourage you if you want to talk further, or need someone to talk with please email me or find someone who is a person of faith in Jesus Christ at your local church, a friend, or family member.
FURTHER READING AND STUDY ON JESUS:
The New Testament
Romans- God's wrath, God's righteous judgement,God's faithfulness, no one righteous, righteousness through faith, Justified by faith,peace and joy, life through Christ, Alive in Christ, struggling with sin,Life through the Spirit, Future Glory, ingrafted branches,love,weak and the strong
1Corinthians- Christ the wisdom and power of God, Apostles of Christ,The believer's freedom,the Lord's supper, The resurrection of Christ, The resurection Body, the collection of God's people.
2 Corinthians- The God of all comfort,Forgiveness of the sinner, the Glory of the new covenant, The ministry of Reconciliation
Galatians- Faith, law and the promise, Sons of God,Freedom in Christ, life by the Spirit, New creation
Ephesians- Blessings in Christ, Made alive in Christ, One in Christ,Unity in the body of Christ, Children of light, Armor of God
Phillippians - Christ's Humility
Colossians- The supremacy of Christ,freedom...through life with Christ
1 Thessalonians-The coming of the Lord
2 Thessalonians- Stand firm
Hebrews- Jesus made like His brothers, Jesus greater than Moses, Jesus the Great high priest, The certainty of God's promise, Jesus like Melchizedek,The high priest...covenant, The blood of Christ,Christ's sacrafice, By faith, God disciplines his sons
1Peter- Praise to God for a living Hope,Be Holy,The living Stone,Living for God,suffering2 Peter- The day of the Lord
1 John-walking in the light, Children of God, God's love, Faith in the Son of God
"My command is this: Love eachother as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. (Refers to Jesus Himself- as these are His words) You are my friends if you do what I comand. I no longer call you servants because a swervant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you."
John 15:12-15 NIV