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Summary: This sermon deals with the age old saying that Jesus is a "burden bearer." And yet so many people do not really know and understand what it means for Jesus to be their burden bearer. This is the transcript of the sermon.

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28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

29 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.

30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Subject: What Do We Mean When We Say

That Jesus Is A Burden Bearer?

Some time ago, and I would imagine that it was probably some time before you or I were ever born; and I would also surmise that it occurred some time during or shortly after the days of slavery; the Holy Ghost moved through one of our brothers or sisters in Christ, and inspired them to sing an old familiar gospel tune, one that we still sing to this day. The song starts out:

“Glory, glory, hallelujah

Since I laid my burdens down.

Glory, glory, hallelujah

Since I laid my burdens down.”

I know somebody in here has heard this powerful song before. Can I get a witness? But in putting this song together, the song’s creator didn’t just stop there, for he went on to sing a second verse that says:

“I feel better so much better

Since I’ve laid my burdens down.

I feel better so much better

Since I’ve laid my burdens down.”

I know that there is somebody besides me in here who, just like the song’s creator, has been able to lay down some heavy burdens in their life. And you understand how good it feels to get rid of those burdens. Can I get a witness? But I guess that it got so good to the song’s creator, that he had a revelation, because I heard somebody sing his words saying:

“I’m going home to live with Jesus

Since I’ve laid my burdens down.

I’m going home to live with Jesus

Since I’ve laid my burdens down.”

This most powerful and uplifting song signifies and identifies that the songwriter has let go of the burdens in his life and at this point he is praising the true and living, all-wise GOD because he has been able to, he has been blessed to, he has been guided to laying his burdens down. Can I get a witness? And we, right here in the church of today, often sing this same song, for these same reasons. Am I right about it?

We have a tendency of singing this song with great feeling. We sing it with conviction. We sing it with passion. We sing it until we just get down right ugly with it. Come on somebody, ya’ll know what I’m talking about. We sing and our faces just get all turned up, bent up, and frowned up. And as pretty as some of the ladies come in here with the make up and lipstick put on with utter perfection, this song can make you forget all about how you are trying to look, because it has a way of affecting the way that you feel. Can I get witness?

It has almost become a cliché that you can tell when a person is singing from their heart because they just forget all about how good they are looking on the outside and just let their face get just ugly with it. Ya’ll know what I’m talking about.

We sing this song “Glory, Glory, Hallelujah since I’ve laid my burdens down” and it seems like it just does something to us, like the spirit just gets to moving and just tears us up all on the inside. But my brothers and sisters, it’s sad to say that despite how often we may sing this song, despit how often it may make us feel good, the truth of the matter is that many of us have not yet begun to lay down our burdens. Can I get a witness?

We’ve not yet begun to turn over all of the problems of our lives to the Lord. We’ll come right up to altar call and pray our hearts out to GOD, asking that he remove all of our problems from us, that he remove all manner of sickness from us, that he remove the weight and stain of every sin and every burden right from our lives. That he build us up where we’re torn down. That he put food on our table and clothes on our backs. That he give us a love that runs from heart to heart. That he allows us to meet our financial obligations. That he give us a resting place when we’re through down here. Oh yeah, we’ll pray and we’ll pray and we’ll pray until we have covered all of our bases, and have put on the table all of those things that we want GOD not only to bless us with, but also those things that we would like for Him to remove from our lives. Am I right about it?

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