For freedom

“For the creation waits

with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God…

in hope that the creation itself will be

set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the freedom

of the glory of the children of God.”

Romans 8:19-21

What is freedom?

There are so many things that keep us from freedom, that seem to hold us in bondage.  Deadlines, expectations, grief, regret, anger… Our bondage to decay is the sin that grabs us by the ankles and weaves its darkness into every nook and cranny of our lives.

It seems that our heart feels the pain and frustration of sin, and our head reasons that the Gospel is worthy and wonderful, but not truly complete.  After all, how can someone be relieved from a debt without paying it?  Can we truly be forgiven from our sin?  So we walk away after reading the Good Word, but wonder deep down…Could I ever truly be free? Will I ever be free?

“But their minds were hardened.

For to this day when they read the old covenant,

that same veil remains unlifted, because

only through Christ is it taken away.

Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read

a veil lies over their hearts.

But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed.

Now the Lord is the Spirit,

and where the Spirit of the Lord is,

there is freedom.

And we all with unveiled face,

beholding the glory of the Lord,

are being transformed into the same image

from one degree of glory to another.

For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”

2 Corinthians 3:14-18

There is a veil that covers our eyes.  Whenever we continue to look to the Law and see it as a grading rubric or checklist of Godliness, we are missing the point!  Jesus Christ fulfilled it, and that is a miracle!  The first time he came to deal with sin, but the next time he comes, Jesus will save those that have been waiting eagerly for him (Hebrews 9:27).

So what is freedom?

Freedom is living in Jesus Christ.  Freedom is looking to Christ and feeling the veil fall from our eyes and from our hearts.  Freedom is beholding Him and being transformed in the holy reflection of his glory.

Is this Light living within you?  Is it transforming you and me as we look away from our own selves and just see Jesus?

Look to Jesus with eyes wide open.  Feel the veil fall from your eyes and be free.

“For freedom Christ has set us free;

stand firm therefore,

and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”

Galatians 5:1

Be free.