So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. –John 8:36 NIV
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. –Galatians 5:13-14
The old minister was winding up his sermon. “So yes, we are called to freedom,” he bellowed, “but freedom ain’t free! I know that’s bad English, but it’s sho ‘nuff good teaching!”
I had to smile, both at what the preacher about “bad English,” and at the truth of the message. Those of us who have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savor have been set free from the power of sin and death. Though freely extended by Christ Himself in Matthew 11:28: “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest,” the gift of that freedom came at the ultimate price.
The Apostle John informs us that our heavenly Father loved us so much; He gave His only begotten Son so no one have to perish (John 3:16). By believing on His Son we are assured of eternal life and escape from the surety of an eternity spent in hell (the ultimate “get out of jail card,” I might add!).
In order to secure our salvation, God had to be willing to send His son to die a sacrificial death on a Roman cross. The death was substitution; He stood in our place. We deserved to die – He did not. Because the Father was willing to send Jesus, and because He was willing to die, freedom from the grip of sin and death was made accessible to every man.
And think about the type of death the Son endured! The manner of death was inhumane and certainly cruel. Unjustly accused and condemned to death, the innocent, unblemished Lamb sacrificed His life in the place of guilty sinners tarnished with the stain and stench of sin. Mocked, ridiculed and spat upon, He demonstrated His love for us by dying for each of while we were yet sinners (Romans 5:8).
As you can see, even though our salvation was provided so willingly and so freely, it certainly wasn’t free. In this month when our country celebrates freedom, let’s be sure to remember those who gave their lives fighting in wars and conflicts around the globe, just so we can enjoy American freedom and liberty. And as we celebrate, let’s not ever forget the One who made the ultimate sacrifice so we could enjoy the ultimate freedom. Freedom ain’t free! Be Blessed.