JESUS SAYS, “YOU AIN’T HEAVY, YOU’RE MY BROTHER”

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When we are caught up in our troubles, things start to go very dim, and the road ahead looks very long. The writers of the song He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother also faced that same situation. Bob Russell had been diagnosed with lymphoma when he was introduced to Bobby Scott, and through his time of illness, they penned what has become one of the most often played inspirational songs of our time.

The reason why it became so successful is because it resonates with many of us who are facing troubles, especially the opening lines,

“The road is long
With many a winding turn
That leads us to who knows where
Who knows when”

Indeed, when we are caught up in trouble, the road does seem long, and the future, bleak. But beloved child of God, Jesus wants you to know that through your troubles, He carries you. You ain’t heavy, you’re His brother. For He says,

“…go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’” John 20:17

What a blessed comfort. Beloved, we who believe are His brethren and God His Father is our Father. So you ain’t heavy, you’re His brother.

So what happens with we are being carried by Jesus? The prophet Isaiah tells us that,

“But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.” Isaiah 40:31 [AMPC]

Yes beloved, we who wait for Him, expect good from Him, hope in Him, look for Him, we become like rechargeable batteries, plugged into our socket, Jesus. We will lift our wings and fly to not who knows where, but close to God. We shall run this seemingly long journey and not be weary, walk and not become faint. In essence, we become like the Energizer bunny, drawing from our source of strength and power, Jesus. For in The Message, it says,

“He energizes those who get tired,
gives fresh strength to dropouts.” Isaiah 40:29 [MSG]

Sometimes we do feel all alone, and just like the famous story of Footprints In The Sand, we look back and only see one set of footprints. We look up and cannot find God. He seems so far away. But beloved, we forget that He is not somewhere up there, far away, He is right there with us, bearing us up on His shoulders through the most difficult of times. So yes, when we look up, we do not see Him, because He is right there beside us, His shoulders beneath us, carrying us through. For He tells us,

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” Revelation 3:20

And beloved, we who have opened the door of our hearts to Him, have Him in us as the apostle John tells us,

“Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.” 1 John 4:15

And so since,

“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4

The song He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother was actually inspired by a story of a little Scottish girl who was seen carrying a big baby boy. When asked if she was tired, she replied, “No, he’s not heavy; he’s my brother.”

In the same way, when Jesus went to the cross for us, He carried all our sins, all our punishment, for it is said in scripture,

“Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy].
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.” Isaiah 53:4-5 [AMPC]

“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

Yet, at the end, as He was hanging on the cross, suffering not only the physical pain, but more so the emotional pain of not only carrying on Him that which is not of His nature, that is to say sin, He had to endure God our Father, turning His back on Him to which He cried,

“My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” Matthew 27:46

At the end, He still said,

“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” Luke 23:34

Indeed, the words of the apostle Paul are true,

“Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” Hebrews 7:25

Even when suffering on the cross, He made intercession for us, the very ones who beat Him, mocked Him and nailed Him to the cross by our sins. So what more now that He is seated at the right hand of God (Mark 16:19)?

So beloved, when things get rough, set your eyes on Jesus, who is right there beside you and live in the consciousness that He is carrying you. Look not at the opening lines, but instead at how the song carries on, for that is what Jesus is saying as He is carrying you.

“But I'm strong
Strong enough to carry him
He ain't heavy, he's my brother
So on we go
His welfare is of my concern
No burden is he to bear
We'll get there
For I know
He would not encumber me
He ain't heavy, he's my brother”

Indeed, Jesus is strong, more than strong enough to carry you and your welfare is His concern. For He says,

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8

“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” Mark 11:24

So beloved child of God, these things are written that you many know that God our Father has said,

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declared the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 [NIV]
Therefore you can say to your troubles,

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

And so now I say to you,

“And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 [AMPC]

Rest, and be blessed.

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