Free indeed

By Don Saul | Jericho Bridge Church | Jul 11, 2018

Freedom. Specifically, the freedom a student feels as he or she runs out the door at the end of the last day of school.

Remember those days? I sure do.

There’s a release that happens: it’s the release of the heavy weight of studying and school responsibilities.

Instead of hearing the birds out the window and wishing I could be there, finally, I was there. The air was fresher, the sun just a bit brighter, and the cares of the world slid off like snow on a Minnesota roof in May.

The Bible is full of imagery, and God uses that imagery to help us understand the truths it contains.

Sun, breeze, and rain are all metaphors God uses for our benefit to help us know Him better because, well, it’s pretty hard to comprehend a God that you can’t see or touch.  In the Book of John, chapter 8, Jesus Christ teaches His disciples that knowledge of the truth will set them free.

Just before that He says that if the Son of God sets you free, you are free indeed.  Indeed here means “really; truly; you can bank on it.”

But free from what? The trappings of sin, of pain, of offenses, and even of addictions.

You see Jesus came to set us free from all the burdens we carry on our shoulders.  He desires to carry those burdens for us.

Carry… another Bible metaphor. Carry means to remove, to separate from you, or to release you from its bondage. Jesus says His yoke is easy and His burden is light. More metaphors!

What does that mean? It means that Jesus Christ is a loving God who knows your frame.  He knows what you are able to do and what you’re not, what your strengths are and what weaknesses are holding you back.

In other words, don’t hold onto what God would carry for you.

What does this freedom require from us?

That verse in the Book of John says it is knowledge of the truth, and guess what?  That truth is Jesus Christ Himself.

He said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” (John 14:6)

He is the one way, the sole truth, and the giver of life. When you give yourself fully to Him – heart, mind, soul, and strength (including all your weaknesses and failures!), believe in Him, and then follow and obey Him, He will exchange all those burdens for eternal life, joy, and rest for your weary soul.

Who doesn’t want that? If you are still bearing the weight of past hurts or present sin, close your eyes and picture yourself at the throne of God Almighty. Imagine yourself laying those things at the feet of God.

Then ask Him to set you free from their grasp, in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ.

Rest. I can picture it, especially this time of year.

Long, warm, sunny summer days.

Rest reminds me of the freedom that student has, who jumps into the hammock on the first day of vacation.

We can have that same rest for our soul, today, by remembering and responding to God’s loving call.

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