Every nation’s history is dotted with heroes who sought for – and often fought for – freedom. National freedom is a wonderful thing, to be sure. But there is a greater freedom to be had.
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Freedom is among the greatest of gifts, both in the physical and in the spiritual realms.
Stories of the quest for physical freedom abound in the history of every people and nation. Names of heroes ancient and modern bring their stories to our minds. Nelson Mandella. George Washington. Corazon Aquino. William Wilberforce. Chelidonis. John Garang. Charles de Gaulle. Asmaa Mahfouz. Moses. Each of these people played a significant role in helping to bring freedom to a nation or a people. None of them was able to offer freedom to every person on the entire planet.
For that, we have only one name that comes to mind. Jesus.
He came to set free all those who are oppressed. He gives us His truth, and that truth sets us free.
Today’s verse says YOU WERE CHOSEN TO BE FREE.
The amazing thing about the freedom Christ gives is that, even if you are in physical bondage or confined in a prison, when the Son sets you free you are free indeed. Nothing can hold you, nothing can keep you bound.
Not anger. Not fear. Not the law. Neither previous idols nor previous sins can bind you.
Your freedom – total and absolute – is offered as a priceless gift. The gift of freedom is not free. It has been purchased at a very dear price.
It has been said that, to those who have fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know. That may be true in the case of military endeavors. But in the case of freedom from sin, we who have been set free enjoy the full flavor of its fruit.
The fruit of true freedom in Christ delivers the flavor of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. The fruit of the Spirit is the flavor of freedom.
Christ HAS paid the price for your freedom. That’s good news. And YOU were chosen to be free. That’s great news. The one He has set free is FREE INDEED. That’s the best news ever.