Jesus said, “Woe to you lawyers! For you load people with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers” (Luke 11:46).
How is Jesus different from that? (Be careful.)
Does he give us no burden to bear? That is not the difference. He does give us a burden to bear.
Is it a lighter burden? The question is ambiguous. Does it mean: Is the burden objectively lighter? Or does it mean: Though objectively heavier, is the burden experienced as lighter?
The latter. The difference between Jesus and the lawyers is that he gives us a heavier burden to bear, and then gives us his own blood-bought strength to bear it. So much so that we experience the bur…