” Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth ” – Matthew 5: 5.
A fairly accurate description of the human race might be furnished one unacquainted with it by taking the Beatitudes, turning them wrong side out and saying “ Here is your human race “. For the exact opposite of the virtues in the Beatitudes are the very qualities which distinguish human life and conduct.
In the world of men, we find nothing, approaching the virtues of which Jesus spoke in the opening words of the famous sermon on the Mount. Instead of poverty of spirit we find the rankest kind of pride; Instead of mourners we find pleasure seekers; Instead of meekness, arrogance; Instead of hunger after righteousness we hear men saying ” I am rich, and increased with goods and have need of nothing “; Instead of mercy, we find cruelty; Instead of purity of heart, corrupt imaginings; Instead of peacemakers we find men quarrelsome and resentful; Instead of rejoicing in mistreatment we find them fighting back with every weapon at their disposal.
Jesus said ” Come unto me, all you that labor, and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and lean of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and you shall find rest unto your souls: For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light ” – Matthew 11: 28 – 30.
The burden borne by mankind is a heavy and a crushing thing. The word Jesus used means: a load carried or toil borne to the point of exhaustion. Rest is simply release from the burden. It is not something, we do it is what comes to us when we cease to do. His own meekness that is the rest. Let us examine our burden – First, there is a burden of pride. The labor of self-love is a heavy one indeed. Think for yourself whether much of your sorrow has not arisen from someone speaking slightingly of you. Jesus call us to His rest and meekness is His method. The meek man cares not all who is greater than he, for he has long ago decided that the esteem of the world is not worth the effort.
TO BE CONTINUED !!!