As we approach the Easter weekend this word sits heavy in my mind. Because of what Jesus did, because of who he is, I have been given freedom; I live freely, because Christ lives in me. I would be lying to you if I said I completely comprehend this gift of grace – His sacrifice for me – His death on the cross taking all my shame and sin in order that I could walk in this freedom.
I am FREE from the penalty of sin, no longer condemned for what I have done. Through Jesus I am reconciled to the Father.
For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and by him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of his blood on the cross. Colossians 1:19-20
Yet now he has brought you back as his friends. He has done this through his death on the cross in his own human body. As a result you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault. Colossians 1:22
I am FREE from the power of sin. Sin no longer dominates me, leading me from one unsatisfying and destructive transgression to another. I am FREE to seek and know God through the power and presence of His Holy Spirit.
“God destroyed sin’s control over us by giving his son as a sacrifice for our sins.” Romans 8:3
I am FREE to become everything God created me to be to His honor and glory.
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Eph. 2:10
I am FREE from the personality of sin. I am no longer who I was; I am now a new creation in Christ. I am not known for my sin, my mistakes, and my iniquities but instead recognized as belonging to the one, Christ who covered my sin with His blood. My sin is no longer my identity because Christ makes me into a new creation.
What this means is that those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone, a new life has begun! 2 Corinthians 5:17
I struggle with the idea of being free and often feel shackled to the past and what I have done. Chained to the mistakes I have made and the knowledge that I will continue to mess up. How is it that He could die for me, knowing I would not fully understand His sacrifice, continue to mess up and often take it for granted? How is it that He still loves me, still gives me grace in the darkest of places and says to me “go and sin no more” not as a requirement for earning His forgiveness but as a reminder of what is possible when I follow him. As this Friday approaches I need to walk in the truth that because of Jesus and what He has done for me I am forgiven of all my past and future sin, free to walk in that truth and saved from all condemnation.
I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die like everyone else, will live again. The are given eternal life for believing in me and will never perish. John 11:25