Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. –Matthew 11:29

We are deep into the period of Lent. In this period, a Christian is supposed to set aside time for reflection on Jesus Christ - his suffering and his sacrifice, his life, death, burial and resurrection.  This year, as I focus on the meditations that come from Isaiah’s marvelous “Servant Songs” (Isaiah 42, 49, 50, 52-53) about the promised Messiah, I am touched, just a tad deeper, by the Lord’s virtue of meekness. I now get a slightly greater sense of what Jesus means when he says, “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth”, and, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”   Our Lord offers us in His Divine Person a model of all the virtues. However, I’m convinced that meekness is the one virtue that He seems to want us to imitate more particularly: That’s why he said, “learn of me … I am meek.”   But what is meekness?   In the Old Testament, “Meekness” comes from Hebrew words that mean “suffering,” “oppressed,” or “afflicted”. Therefore meekness denotes the spirit produced under such experiences. It is generally associated with some form of oppression. What is good about this is, God had a special regard for the “meek” and to them special blessings were promised.   In the New Testament, “meekness” is not merely a natural virtue, but a Christian “grace”; it is one of the “fruits of the Spirit”. The conception of meekness (associated with the quality of humility) is the spirit of the Saviour Himself: “I am meek and lowly in heart” (Matt 11:29). This virtue of meekness presupposes humility – and flows from it, and finds expression in moderation in our conduct.   Christians, therefore, should acquire and always preserve in themselves this Christian virtue and make all their conduct correspond with it.   I think the Lord does not expect the impossible from us. He knows we are all natural, and like the natural man, do get feelings of irritation and are at times assailed by anger. But as followers of the Lord we must be careful and attentive to repress those emotions and never yield to them voluntarily. The Christian is not to allow himself to be overcome by it.   Jesus example is: “He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth.”   May we take His yoke and learn from Him.   Pastor Robert Chew