“Freedom” – we Americans love this word and rightly so. Last week on the 4th of July, we Americans celebrated our independence. Newspapers, blog sites, and social networks were lit up with posts about this freedom we so enjoy. Written were articles on freedom from tyranny, our lack of freedom, the challenges to freedom, the cost of freedom, and so on.
Today I want to take a little different approach to freedom – a biblical approach.John
Let’s start in Leviticus 26:13 which reads:
I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt so you would no longer be their slaves. I broke the yoke of slavery from your neck so you can walk with your heads held high.
If there was ever an Old Testament picture of Jesus it’s found in that verse.
In the thinking of our Jewish friends, this scripture well defines the very essence of salvation. What is salvation through Jesus Christ if it’s not delivering us from a place of bondage to sin to liberty AKA freedom (Romans 6:18 Galatians 4:7)
Just as our ancient ancestors were set free to serve The Lord and enjoy His blessing we too have been made free to allow only His Spirit to be our driving force. No longer would sin have the power to dictate our thoughts, our emotions, nor our actions. These now would be under the control of a new master – The Lord Jesus Christ. It’s good for us t remember that “freedom” was not given to us that we might do as we please but rather as He wills. (Exodus 7:16 Romans 12:1)
As bond servants of The Most high, we willingly yield our mind and bodies to serve this new master who loves us and always thinks good of us. No longer are we driven to serve by a master who sole desire is to use us for his personally gain. This Lord invites to be a part of building His perfect Kingdom that shall last forever. In His Kingdom, we will for eternity enjoy His divine protection and blessings.
Freedom (both biblically and politically) was never about what we can get away with. Rather, freedom is a release from those things and peoples who keep us from doing all we can in the service to others.
Jesus now offers us His yoke which is both easy and light (Matthew 11:28-30). He becomes our sage and we the disciple of the One who proved His love for us on a tree. He took the curse of the slave master upon Himself so that we might know his truth and be free. (Galatians 3:13 Galatians 5:1 John 8:31-32)
So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free. (John 8:36)