Freedom: Part I
Freedom is one of the most prevalent themes in the Bible: beginning in Genesis 2, one of the first things God says to His newly created people is, “You are free to eat of any tree in the garden…” The stories to follow continue in the same tradition as God sets men free from their identity crises, resulting from primogeniture or betrayal; God sets women free from barrenness and bitterness; God sets families free from dysfunction and dissension.
Set My People Free
Then there’s one of the most significant stories of the Bible: God’s chosen people are enslaved for hundreds of years by the once symbiotic Egyptians. Hearing their groans and pains, God intervenes by setting them free through the mediation of two men named Moses and Aaron. This event—the liberation of Israel from the Egyptians—is then remembered throughout the remainder of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Judges, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, 2 Kings, Psalms, Jeremiah, Daniel, Amos, Micah, Hosea, and Jeremiah #supertbt
Freedom, you see, is so important to God that He commits the majority of Scripture and pre-Messianic history to this very idea—which means there are some massive implications that God has when it comes to not only the idea but experience of freedom: more than suppression, God is clearly more about freedom; the more we get freedom, the more we get Scripture; the more Scriptural your life is, the more free you ought to be.
In other words, because the Bible is so saturated by the theme of freedom, a Biblical life must be illustrated by freedom.
Which is why in Galatians 5:1, Paul summarizes the entirety of the work of Christ by saying, “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”
Did you catch that? Paul doesn’t summarize the history-changing, life-altering, soul-saving work of Jesus Christ by saying “For obedience Christ has died on the cross.” He says the Good News of Jesus Christ is quintessentially defined by freedom: Why did Jesus die on the cross? To set us free. Why did He set us free? For freedom.
Here is a man, in other words, who understands how committed to freedom God is, who penned these words, summarizing the Gospel as faithfully as he could, saying it was all for freedom.
Consider the many, many things that fuel our lives: how much of your aspiration, passion, desperation, creativity, purchases, behaviors, responses, and attitudes—how much of you is fueled by freedom? On the flip side, how much of you is fueled by fear, by inadequacy, by lust, by greed, by emptiness?
Jesus came to set you free from these false-fuels—so believe onto Him and let Him do that which He has been doing since the beginning of creation, that which He has been doing throughout history, in countless lives before, and in the world around you: let Him set you free for freedom’s sake.