Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. –Matthew 8:31-36 KJV
“Land of the free, home of the brave.” How well American citizens know that line from the country’s national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
So much controversy surrounds not only the words to the song, but the flag it represents – and whether one has the freedom to honor it or not. Now, I have absolutely no desire or intention to engage in debates one way or the other on that issue. I am, however, here to talk about spiritual freedom – the only freedom that truly matters.
Jesus shared a profound truth concerning the concept of freedom. Believing on Him and continuing in obedience to His word was proof of discipleship. As a result of doing so, Christ’s disciples could be assured of two additional blessings: knowing the truth and being made free because of it!
The religious leaders of Jesus’ day tried to contradict His words. According to them, as Abraham’s descendants they had never been in bondage. In addition to lying about their history (the Jews had gone into captivity numerous times, and even at the time of their words, they were under Roman rule), they were lying about their spiritual condition. Jesus informed them in no uncertain terms that those who lived sinful lives were servants to sin, cut off from the privileges of sonship.
You see, the things the enemy offers mankind do not lead to freedom. Instead, these things lead to spiritual bondage, which is bondage of the worst kind. Though the devil makes sin look attractive, fun, or even cool, he’s the “father of lies” (John 8:44). Part of his deception is hiding the true effects of a sinful lifestyle. The devil’s goal is relegating sinners to lives of misery and pain. His true purpose is stealing from, killing, and ultimately destroying those he holds captive (John 10:10).
We can thank God for Jesus, because our heavenly Father provided a way of escape from sin’s bondage! Our Lord came so that we could have full, spiritually abundant lives (John 10:10). Delivered from the power of sin, Christ makes us free to live for Him and serve Him. Rejoice in your salvation, because with salvation comes freedom from the shackles of sin. Hallelujah! Salvation in Christ brings spiritual freedom – the only kind of freedom that matters. Be Blessed.