Freedom by Virgil Stripes
John 8:31-37 (ESV)
So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?” Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. I know that you are offspring of Abraham; yet you seek to kill me because my word finds no place in you.
Jesus offers us freedom. True freedom. Freedom from Sin. Not necessarily freedom from the consequences of that sin. Yes we are freed from the eternal consequences of sin when we trust in Jesus. We do not have to worry about being separated from God for eternity. We are destined for glory, not our own glory, but spending eternity in the glory of the presence of God.
When I think about what it might be like to be in His presence, I think of the transfiguration that Peter, James, and John experienced. They saw Jesus bathed in light, bright as the sun, as He was speaking with Moses and Elijah. Somewhere in the Old Testament, it speaks of God being in unapproachable light.
When Jesus promises freedom from sin. He says that we no longer have to sin. We are no longer slaves to sin. We are free to worship God. Free to live in holiness. Free to spend our lives in service to others.
Freedom. True freedom. Freedom from sin. This is what Jesus promises. We that are in Christ are truly blessed. Truly Free. This weekend, as we celebrate our freedom from the tyranny that caused our nation to declare itself free, let us rejoice in our freedom. Let us also consider the freedom offered to us by Christ. Let us celebrate. Celebrate freedom. Both our freedom from tyranny, and our freedom from sin.
Lord Jesus, help us to realize just what true freedom means. Let us not forget Your sacrifice that purchased that freedom for us. Let us ponder the sacrifices of our forefathers who fought for and won freedom in this life for us, but may we always keep our earthly freedom in perspective. It is the ultimate freedom that You offer that is truly important. We are grateful, Lord. Thank You, Jesus!