Daily Archives: July 4, 2014

The True Meaning Behind Freedom

If you’re an American, you’re likely heating up your grill, wearing the “red, white, and blue”, and making evening arrangements to watch a colorful fireworks spectacular with patriotic music in the background. Today is the day that we commemorate when this nation was declared to be “free.”

Freedom. That’s the subject of this post. No matter where you are or what nation you call home, the facts are that freedom always has a high price and there’s only One who gives it freely.

“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” 2 Corinthians 3:17 

Some people view freedom as a gift provided by a representative government or by legions of soldiers that have successfully defended their land from an enemy. Perhaps you’re a true economist at heart, and you define freedom as the outcome of a free market – an environment where buyers and sellers are free to trade amongst themselves without big government looming over them. Or maybe you see freedom as the ability to choose a religion without the fear of being  imprisoned or put to death.

Regardless of how you define freedom, one truth stands above it: Jesus Christ is the Author of freedom. He created it. He gives it. And He alone has the ability to sustain it.  Wherever Jesus is truly present, you will see freedom. I’m not talking about the idea of Jesus or an individual perception of Jesus, but Jesus Himself.

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1 

Wherever Jesus Christ is welcomed, there is freedom. Let that soak in for a moment. 

When Jesus is welcomed into a church service, there is freedom from the legalistic rituals found in religious oppression.

When Jesus is welcomed into the mess of our lives, we become free from lies that have entangled us for years. We’re no longer oppressed by the deceptive hand of the enemy.

On the other hand, whenever you do see oppression of any type, that is a sure sign that Jesus isn’t present. We can see this among Christians and non-Christians alike. Just as an atheist authority would be wrong to punish a citizen for their faith, so is a Christian wrong for condemning  a person that doesn’t agree with their views.  Jesus is not forceful, manipulative, or controlling. And He certainly does not oppress anyone. Jesus is freedom.

“You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge in the sinful nature, rather, serve one another in love.” Galatians 5:13

All oppression (whether in the form of Communism, BIG government, modern-day slavery, financial debt, religious oppression in the form of legalism, or trauma induced by generational lies or abusive authority figures), all bad decisions, all corruption, and all distortions of how God created us to live (from the beginning) are products of sin. Everything that hurts today is either directly or indirectly a product of sin. We live in this world as fallen, broken people who desperately need someone to save them. To save us. 

“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32

Only One Person can do this: Jesus Christ. Did you know that’s exactly why He came to this earth? He didn’t come to divinely heal individuals of sickness, or to fill the bellies of multitudes with seven fish and two loaves of bread. Jesus didn’t come to overthrow the Roman government and take back Jerusalem (even though many of the Jews presumed so). He didn’t come to teach us, to show His power by performing miracles, or to raise the dead to life. Nope. All of these things were simply a product of Jesus being Himself while He roamed the streets of this planet.

 The truth is that Jesus came to earth for one mission alone: to save a dying world from sin by willfully giving His life on the cross to make a way for mankind to enter into a relationship with the Living God through His son.

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36 

If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and you want to, then please click HERE so that we can communicate directly. Only through Jesus can we have eternal salvation and freedom from sin’s power in our life.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” John 3:16-17

Allow me to give you a few examples (through the grace of Jesus Christ) to support this statement from creation. God, as the Trinity (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit), created man (in His image) to be free by:

1. Giving man the free-will to choose Him. We all have a choice in whether we accept God, believe in God, and love God.

“And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15

2. Giving us the ability to freely think, speak, and have our being. 

“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9

3. Bringing freedom from sin through the death of Jesus on the cross.

“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:1-2

Jesus is freedom, beloved. Because He is truth, and truth will always set us free.

“So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, ‘If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free’.” John 8:31-32

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