Freedom In Christ
As we’ll celebrate our Nation’s Independence this month we think about and give thanks for the great freedoms that we enjoy. We also think so much about the sacrifices that gave those freedoms to us. We remember the history stories of the struggle during the revolutionary war to give people freedom instead of tyranny. As we give thanks and celebrate our freedom we should remember the more important freedom that Christ has given us.
Galatians 5:1 says: “So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.” Our freedom comes from Christ, it is not because of our struggle but it has been given to us. Our freedom is not because of our efforts, because there is nothing that we could ever do to gain that freedom. This freedom is exactly the same as a prisoner pardoned and set free. There is nothing they have done to secure this freedom and may not even be aware that it happened but even still they now stand outside the prison walls a free person.
The freedom that we have been given does come with one great responsibility; to live as free. Since Christ sacrificed Himself for our freedom, He has the expectation that we live as free. Charles Wesley captures the Christian experience of this liberation in one of his great hymns:
Long my imprisoned spirit lay Fast bound in sin and nature’s night; Thine eye diffused a quickening ray, I woke, the dungeon flamed with light My chains fell off, my heart was free; I rose, went forth, and followed thee.