There is something about freedom that opens our hearts, captivates our minds and entices us to dream. We all love the idea of freedom and our American heritage reflects this pursuit for freedom. Many of our heroes are people who have fought and even died in pursuit of freedom. One of these modern day heroes is remembered this month on January 20th, Martin Luther King, who lived his life pursuing this very lofty goal for all Americans during the civil rights movement.
However, the greatest hero of freedom lived many centuries ago and purchased eternal freedom for all who are willing to follow him. “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.”” (John 8:31-32). In fact, God set a plan in place for our freedom in Christ before he created the physical world. Jesus, his own son, came from heaven, to live as a man and to save us from terrible captivity, so we could have this dream of freedom fulfilled in our lives.
We are all slaves to the sin that so easily binds us and our desire to seek freedom is a fundamental response to the great need we have to be freed (Roman 3:23). And Jesus has taken our slavery to sin and killed it by his own death. His story, which is so familiar, is an incredible account of how much God loves every person because he was willing to allow Jesus to perform this great act of self-sacrifice. And Jesus, our hero was willing and able to complete his mission. “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1)
Freedom, bought at such a great price, is precious and yet it is also freely given to those who follow the Lord Jesus and obey the gospel plan of salvation (Act 2:36-41). What a great hero, such a great love, and an eternal reality that is better than any dream!
“When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.”