He chose to take upon Himself the responsibility of overcoming the physical or making Himself the law through the fulfillment of all requirements. By adding His experiences and activities to ours He links us with God, bringing us in a closer attunement with God and causing us to become conscious of the Oneness of all. He came to show and teach us fellowship with God through our service to others.
As a human, He knew the physical trials-doubts and fears, weaknesses and turmoils-of spiritual beings encased in material shells. He showed His ability as a human to demonstrate the possibility of humankind, as human, to bring spiritual harmony into physical vibration. He ever stressed the oneness of all force, demonstrating the direct relationship between humanity and the Creator. He came in the flesh to show that we in the flesh could become as He, God in Spirit; and taught that we may be one, even as He and the Father are one. Then this one, the Adam that first entered the world, must become the Saviour of the world. It was committed into His care. "Be thou fruitful, and multiply, and subdue the earth."
Hence, the first Adam, the last Adam, was given power over the earth, and, as in each soul, the first to be conquered was self. Then all things, conditions, and elements are subject unto Him. So He became that One who was able to take the world, the earth, back to the source from whence it came. All power is given into His keeping in the earth which He has overcome. Self, death, and hell became subservient unto Him through the conquering of self. "In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God." The Word came and dwelt among us, the offspring of self in a material world. The Word overcame the world; hence the world became then as the servant of that One who overcame it.
Why Do We, as Individuals, Necessarily Bear Much That He Bore, and Yet Say That When Taking His Yoke upon Us the Cross Becomes Easy?
We must bear what He bore because we must travel the same way to perfection that He traveled. Along that way are experiences that all must have in order to gain the power and the knowledge of overcoming. As He took upon Himself the burden of the world, so we, in our own little world, must take upon ourselves the burdens of those about us. The yoke is easier because the burden is lighter. He bore it all. We bear only our part. In so doing we may become conscious of our real purpose to glorify the Creator and come to know that, after all, our crosses are only misunderstandings and misapplications of His laws. To practice, not preach, demands strength, power, and faith in the Ideal. Experience alone in overcoming can give a complete understanding of what it means for another to suffer, and yet not yield-to bear and forbear, and through it all love and forgive.
His yoke is easy because His presence abides with us, protecting us and sharing the burdens that otherwise would be too heavy for us to bear. Then, too, as we come to understand the meaning of our crosses and His abiding presence, our sufferings become lessons of wisdom, our turmoils more peaceful, and we rejoice as we find ourselves growing more and more into the likeness of Him who, by the way of the cross, became the Lord of lords and the King of kings.
His presence within is ever a bulwark of reserve power that enables us to resolve to acquit ourselves as humans, to fight the battle, to win the race, and to wear the crown. (See Sam. 4:9.) Our Advocate with the Father keeps open the channel through which spiritual energy flows to us, so that we can make ourselves fit channels for passing on the truth to others. Spiritual understanding brings the knowledge that matter is the tool with which we may shape the nobler life into a likeness of the Creator. Harmony with His will, understanding, and application of His laws will bring at all times peace, not tumult; joy, not sorrow; love, not hate; and strength, not weakness. With His aid and the knowledge of His Spirit bearing witness with our spirit, the yoke that we are called upon to bear becomes, in fact, easy; and the burdens laid upon us are, indeed, light.