want to learn about law, attend the school of law. To learn about art, you go
to the school of art, or to become a doctor and learn about medicine you go to
medical school. If you want to know about Christ, you must go to the school of
Christ. This school does not exist physically with a building or special
location nor does it have many teachers, but it exists spiritually for the
salvation of all who attend.
of the school of Christ is revealed in Matthew, where an invitation is given to
all to enroll. “Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
Matthew 11:28. In My school, says Jesus, you can bring your burdens, all of
your problems, and you will find rest. In no other school, with its assignments
and homework, will you find rest.
today pay thousands of dollars to therapists, hoping to learn how to solve
their problems, while others spend their money on alcohol or drugs so they can
forget them. Their minds are so stressed that they question the meaning and
purpose of life. Often they try to manufacture a meaning for themselves by
finding the perfect relationship, only to be let down and disappointed when
their expectation is not reached. That dream is like sand. The harder you try
to grab it, the faster it flows through your fingers, leaving a feeling of
misery and emptiness. Whatever problems you have, whether physical, mental,
emotional, psychological, social or spiritual, Jesus has the only answer. He
bids, “Come unto Me, and I will give you rest.”
at the school of Christ is completely voluntary and there is no graduation. You
can attend your whole life and never run out of subjects to study. The teacher
is Jesus. The textbook is the Bible, which tells about Him.
scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which
testify of Me.” John 5:39. It is almost impossible to
get a good grade without opening that textbook.
studying the textbook all that is left is man’s opinions or human philosophy,
which is worthless and like building on sand without a firm foundation.
come to His school, Jesus promises you rest. But there is a condition.
Remember, with every promise of God there is a condition. Why? Because there is God’s part and also man’s part. God cannot
twist your arm to save you, nor can He twist your neck to force you to obey Him
or twist your ears to get you to listen to Him. He offers you power and gives
you promises. He tells you what He can do, but it is up to you, and it is your
choice to listen to Him.
yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and
lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy,
and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:29, 30.
1. take My yoke
2. learn of Me
3. accept My meekness and My lowliness
If you allow
Him to fulfill all these things in your life, then “ye shall find rest unto
says, “I will give you rest.” The secret of rest is right there, taking the yoke
of Christ, to learn from Jesus to be meek and lowly. This is hard for some men
or women to take, but there is a power in meekness. There is a power in
humility, not to be hateful when someone else takes the ball away from you and
makes more points than you do, or to be happy when someone else achieves ahead
We live in a
competitive world and we are pushed and shoved into being better than other
people until the mentality is “I have to be the best.” Yes, God asks you to be
the best, but to be best is to learn to do well at the lowest point in life and
to be meek and humble. When you learn to say, “I am nothing and God is
everything,” you will have power. The higher you try to climb, the dizzier you
get, and the more likely you are to fall. You had better stay low, because you
are nothing but dust! You had better humble yourselves, for when you die you
return to the dust from which you came. The school of Christ teaches humility.
There is no other university that can teach meekness and humility like the
school of Christ.
discourse is not to discourage education because knowledge and good science is
essential, but caution must be exercised against the pride, strife and the
competition. To be the best, yet without that perfect rest, is not the best. Jesus said to take His yoke in order to find that
The Yoke of Jesus
A yoke is an
instrument that puts two oxen or two animals together, so they can work and
move together. When Jesus says, “Take My yoke upon you,” it means to be bound up
with Him. By not wearing the yoke of Christ, we wear another yoke by
default—the yoke of sin. This yoke is heavy.
“The yoke of
my transgressions is bound by His hand.” Lamentations 1:14. Jesus said that he
that commits sin is a servant to sin. So this yoke of transgression binds you
to commit to, to go after, or to work for sin and transgression. Before you can
wear the yoke of Christ, the yoke of transgression needs to be broken. When you
come to Christ and ask for forgiveness, when you confess, and repent, Jesus
will forgive you and break the yoke of transgression.
yoke of Christ means you go wherever He goes. When you have the yoke of Christ,
you will never say, “I will do.” You will say, “I submit to the working of
God’s grace in my heart.” You stop saying, “I will do this, and I will do that.
I will be good, I will walk the ways of righteousness.
I will obey.” Instead you will say, “With Christ, all things are possible,”
because you are not depending upon yourself. You are not carrying the load
alone. You will say, “With Christ’s help, I shall experience His righteousness
working in me,” because you are not depending upon yourself. You are not
carrying the load alone. With Christ, you are yoked up and walk together.
yoke of transgression broken is one thing, but to put on the yoke of Christ is
another. People like to be forgiven of their sins, but we need to learn how to
wear the yoke of Christ and to walk in His ways. Jeremiah 2:20 says, “… when
upon every high hill and under every green tree thou wanderest.”
These people were wandering because their yoke of transgression had been
broken, but they did not wear the yoke of Christ.
If you go
where Jesus goes you will not wander away from Him playing the harlot. Speaking
of the Israelites the Bible says, “For of old time, I have broken thy yoke.”
Here God is speaking to the Israelites. “For of old time I have broken thy yoke
[of transgression], and burst thy bands; and thou saidst,
I will not transgress.” Ibid. Here is described a life
depending upon self. They declare to God that they will not transgress. This
sounds like the Israelites before Mount Sinai when God said, “If you keep My commandments, I will make you a holy nation.” And they
say, “All that You have said we will do.” (See Exodus
yoke of Christ, all wander away. The Bible says, “under
every green tree.” What does it mean, “every green
tree”? Many times, pagan temples were set up under the trees. That is still
practiced in India and Japan and in some other countries in the world. So they
wander away from God and they commit spiritual adultery. The Bible says, “playing the harlot.” Ibid. Playing the harlot is the most
disgraceful sin that the church can commit. It is essential to have the yoke of
Christ, so that we will not wander away from God and become spiritual harlots.
That yoke must be put on every day.
like it or not, you have a yoke. Either you have the yoke of transgression, or
you have the yoke of Christ. Either you serve God as your Master or you serve
the world as your master. There is no middle ground. Attempting to walk in the
middle ground makes a most miserable person, because it is being double-minded
and very unsettling with absolutely no rest. The only way to have rest in this
life is to wear the yoke of Christ, which has the power to keep you as a pure
virgin, committed only to Christ.
Learn of Me
“Learn of Me.” To learn of Jesus is to learn from His example of meekness and
lowliness. “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for
us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps.” I Peter 2:21.
Jesus also set an example of suffering, that we should follow His steps. If
there is one thing that this generation has a hard time accepting, it is a life
of suffering. Everything has to be comfortable, easy
lot to be learned from suffering and God purposefully puts some thistles and
thorns in the ground. He allows the ground to be a little bit rough and rocky
to give man some sweat, to give him some callouses on
his hands, and some roughness in his life so that his life can be molded
according to the character of God. If you are suffering for Christ’s sake,
rejoice! That suffering will mold and shape your image according to the image
brethren, count it all joy when you fall into diverse temptations” (James 1:2),
or may I include trials and problems. Let us rejoice when we suffer for
Christ’s sake. Follow His example. Even in suffering, Jesus says, “Learn of Me
for I am meek and lowly in heart.” Meekness is keeping yourself loving, kind
and patient, even when you feel it is your right to be unloving to someone who
does not deserve your kindness.
you have some pressure in your home from your children? Do you have pressure
from your coworkers? The meekest man in the Bible, besides Jesus, was Moses. We
often find it hard raising two children, but Moses led more than one million
people, most of whom complained and murmured for the
whole 40 years in the wilderness. There was a lot of pressure upon Moses’
shoulders, yet he learned to say, “God, this is your people. If you destroy
them, please take my name out of the book of life, because I love them.” Moses
had all the right reasons to let them be burned by the wrath of God, but he
would rather die eternally for them than let God give up on them. When you are
that meek, lowly and humble, then you are experiencing the power of God.
think that to be angry, shouting and screaming means power. But having true
power is to know how to put your power under submission to the power of God.
When injustice is done to you and you think you have the right for revenge,
submit your rights to God, allowing Him to work for you and the other person.
It is real power when you exercise patience and pray for them.
Follow My Example
“Follow Me.” Jesus set an example of living a pure life without sin. We should
follow His steps in the school of Christ, where Jesus will teach you that this
is possible, but not by your own power or wisdom. Your persevering and sweating
efforts are good, but not good enough. It is not by your interpretation of what
you think a Christian should be. No word of envy, jealousy, or revenge will
come out of your mouth, no words of evil surmising that destroy another
person’s character. Beautiful words can be spoken, but if your heart is not
connected with Jesus it can be seasoned with jealousy, hatred and selfishness.
We can be very deceptive and full of guile!
was reviled He reviled not again. When He suffered, He threatened not, but
committed Himself to Him Who judges righteously. When provoked, the natural reaction is to be
angry. In that moment, pray to the Lord: God, take my life. I want to walk
where you are. Please help me to be meek and humble.
And when you
are threatened—no revenge! This is a really important lesson to learn,
especially as we are in the very last days of earth’s history. “And I saw
another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God, and
he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the
earth and the sea, saying, Hurt not the earth neither the sea nor the trees
till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.” Revelation 7:2, 3.
understand that four angels are holding back the four winds, which represent
worldwide destruction. This is talking about the great time of trouble, the
great tribulation when probation has closed and the Holy Spirit will be
withdrawn from this world, but not from God’s people.
Holy Spirit the world will be under the full control of Satan. And when that
takes place, the people will be possessed with the deceptions of Satan. They
may walk and talk intelligently, but they will have Satanic
hatred for God’s people. What you see in many of the cities of today—rape,
murder and kidnapping—is only the tip of the iceberg compared to what Satan can
do when he has full control over the people. But the Bible says God will
protect His people. No plagues can come nigh to God’s people (Psalm 91:10).
Thousands will fall on the right side, ten thousand will fall on the left side,
but God will protect His people (Psalm 91:7), those who have the seal of the
The seal is
equal to a sign (Romans 4:11). The sign is the Sabbath (Ezekiel 20:12, 20).
Those who have the seal of the living God in their forehead will accept the
Sabbath. However, this does not mean that just keeping the seventh-day Sabbath
will save you.
person who keeps the seventh-day Sabbath, right now, will be protected in the
time of trouble. It’s not only keeping the seventh-day Sabbath, but living the
true meaning of the word Sabbath. The word Sabbath means rest. So when you have
the seal of the living God in your forehead, you have the Sabbath in your
forehead. If you have the Sabbath in your forehead, you have rest in your
forehead. But where do we get the rest in our forehead? Jesus says, “Take My
yoke upon you, learn of Me, for I am meek and lowly in
heart, and ye shall find rest unto your soul.”
So how can
we prepare ourselves to receive the seal of the living God?
We must go
to the school of Christ. And what of the number that were sealed with the seal
of the living God? “And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there
were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand” [Revelation 7:4]. Whether
that number is literal or symbolic we need to have the seal of the Sabbath
and forty-four thousand have the characteristics of the school of Christ. The
Bible says, “And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with Him an hundred forty and four thousand,
having His Father’s name written in their forehead.” Revelation 14:1. One
hundred and forty-four thousand standing with the Lamb! The Lamb is meek and
humble. The only way the hundred and forty-four thousand are able to stand with
the Lamb is because they have learned to be meek and lowly.
learned those characteristics in the school of Christ. And they had “their
Father’s name written in their forehead.” That means they had their Father’s
character in their foreheads or in their minds. “And I heard a voice from
heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I
heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps [victory] and they sung as
it were a new song” [verses 2, 3]. They sang a new song, the song of victory.
are necessary to write a song—words and melody. They were singing a new song,
which means they were singing new words and a new melody. Words are the
expression of thoughts and melody expresses feelings. Singing a new song is the
expression of thoughts and feelings. Thoughts and feelings combined together
determine the moral character. The hundred and forty-four thousand know how to
sing a song, the song of Jesus, the song of God’s character.
“These are they which were not defiled with women; for
they are virgins” [verse 4]. Remember,
when you have the yoke of Christ, you don’t wander away, playing the harlot,
but you stay a virgin. This lesson is learned in the school of Christ. “For these are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth” [verse 4]. Why do they follow “the Lamb
whithersoever He goeth”? Because
they have the yoke of Christ. Where did they learn that lesson? In the school of Christ.
their mouth was found no guile.” Jesus, our example, had no guile found in His
mouth. And, “they are without fault, before the throne of God” [verse 5]. That
means without sin. In the school of Christ they learned to follow the example
be people who truly follow the example of Jesus and attend the school of
Christ? They do not graduate, but they remain in the school and reflect God’s
character before the Second Coming of Christ. Will there be a group of people?
Yes, the hundred and forty-four thousand. These will see Jesus without
experiencing death; they will be translated as was Enoch (Genesis 5:24). There
will be many others who study in the school of Christ who will not live but
rest until Jesus comes.
“Come to My school. I want to prepare you to become part of the hundred and
“If any man
come to Me, and hate not his father, and mother, and
wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he
cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14:26. This means God comes first above
everything, even above yourself, even above your family members. This Bible
text is not teaching hate. Jesus simply says it will seem as if you hate them
if you follow God first, when it goes against their wishes, and hopes and
dreams for you. To attend the school of Christ is to have a determination. In a
quiet place on your knees pray:
know I have to attend Your school; otherwise, there is
no rest in my soul. I’ve been wandering around, playing the harlot; I’m just
going anywhere and everywhere that I like to go. And I know every time I looked
for some kind of rainbow, it was invisible; it wasn’t there. I looked for some
hope and dream and I gave my money and my effort, but at the end all I found
were broken cups and broken hearts. O, God, I have tried everything; the only
thing that I know that can help me is You. Jesus, take me; I’m already broken
and wounded; heal me. My mind is going everywhere; please stabilize me. Make me
strong in Your love and in Your trust. Give me Your rest. I need Thee every hour.
first class in the school of Christ begins as you open up your eyes in the
morning. Jesus is right there waiting for you to attend His first class. And
throughout the day, He not only gives you homework, but He will walk with you
and do your homework with you. And every evening, He reviews the assignments
and the homework with you to teach you how you can do better the next day.
not a one-day thing; it lasts a lifetime. Let’s learn to follow Christ so that
others will also see the power of God working in our lives and someday we can
be part of the hundred and forty-four thousand and sing the song of triumph and
This message was shared by Judy Hallingstad.
She is part of the LandMarks team and may be
contacted by email at: email@example.com.