Free At Last
Read John 8:31-36
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” John 8:36
If you have never experienced the same system of slavery your ancestors did, you may consider yourself fortunate to be part of a different generation. However, just because you did not endure the civil rights era does not necessarily mean your life has not been subject to bondage. Perhaps you are a prisoner to the secrets of your past, or you experienced some trauma which causes you to live in constant fear and anxiety. Between battling the attacks on your identity and fighting an internal struggle, you may have been walking with a heavy set of chains that need to be released.
In the book of John chapter 8 verse 36, Jesus informs a group of Jews that they have been enslaved to sin unbeknownst to them. As descendants of Adam, they have inherited a maimed spiritual condition which consequently resulted in bondage. However, despite this reality, Jesus assures the Jews that they do not have to stay bound and face death leading to eternal separation. Instead, Jesus offers them a way out and declares: “if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” With this simple yet profound statement, Jesus indicates that slavery does not have to be their end because they can have access to freedom in Him.
Like the Jews, you may have been living in bondage all these years, not knowing the promise of freedom is only guaranteed in Jesus Christ. Yet, in order to experience this liberty, you must make Jesus the Lord of your life through salvation. As the head of every authority, only Jesus can set you free and lift the weight off your shoulders. Only Jesus can remove the shackles and free you from the captivity you may have come to know and accept as normal. And, it’s only Jesus who can unravel the layers so that you can be introduced to the real you- the person that you were destined to be before all the trauma and abuse. With Jesus, you will be able to renounce the vices that you relied on for comfort and security. Moreover, because of the finished work of the cross, you are just one decision away from release into a new life of liberty (Romans 10:9). You may not be able to change the fact that they tried to bury you in pain, but truthfully you are not far from the salvation and freedom available in His name.
Reflection: What do you need to be freed from? Is there a specific sin/situation that you need to bring to Jesus?
Prayer: Father God, I thank You for life in Your Son Jesus Christ. I thank You for releasing me from every single power that tried to hold me down. I bring before You any of the past trauma I have endured and receive the promise that I am indeed set free. Now, I commit to walking in the true freedom that comes from You. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Written by Devorah Nimoh