Let freedom ring! Freedom is a word that we hear in many songs, especially patriotic ones. We cherish our freedom. In our nation, we enjoy many freedoms. But, are we truly free?
True freedom–freedom from the bondage of sin–comes from God and it is given to us through His Son, Jesus Christ. Freedom was the goal in Jesus’ coming to earth as a man. In Luke 4:18, Jesus proclaims that He came to set the captive free, to give freedom to the oppressed. Throughout His ministry, He set many people free from infirmities.
But the greatest freedom He gave was freedom from sin. Through Him, anyone who believes is set free from the bondage of sin (Acts 13:39). He gave His own life as a ransom, paying the price for our sins. For that, we should be truly thankful. It is a freedom that we should cherish above all other freedoms because it allows us to have access to God’s presence, now and for eternity.
We should never take our freedom for granted. For one thing, we must not use our freedom as an excuse to sin (Galatians 5:13). We need to live righteously, standing firm against sin so that we don’t become slaves to it again (Galatians 5:1). We need to remain in Jesus’ word. His word is truth and He has told us that truth will set us free (John 8:31-32).
Jesus is the way, He is the truth, and He is the life. Our freedom is found in Him and, if we abide in Him and in His word, we will remain truly free.