And He said, “Woe to you also, lawyers! For you load men with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers.”
In The Pilgrim’s Progress, the burden Pilgrim carries is central to the story. The burden is his sin, and it slows his every step. His primary goal as he travels to the Celestial City is to somehow be relieved of his burden. He is almost tempted to allow Mr. Legality (the Law) and his son, Civility, to remove his burden. Fortunately, Evangelist shows Pilgrim that his burden can only be removed by Christ, not by slavery to the Law.
John Bunyan’s story is the story of the Gospel. It is the story of Christ taking upon Himself the burden of the Law so we do not have to carry that burden any longer. Religious leaders in Jesus’ day loved to increase the burden of broken laws upon the people without showing them how to be free. But Jesus came and said, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). The truth is, “by the deeds [burden] of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight” (Romans 3:20).
The gift of salvation is not a burden! Christ has removed the burden of broken laws from all who believe in Him.
Ephesians 1 – 3