Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Freedom Proclaimed

Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

Have you watched the Mel Gibson movie Braveheart? It is loosely based on the life of William Wallace, a 13th century Scottish highlander who led the Scots in their first war of independence against England’s Edward I. In one of the final scenes he shouted out the word, “Freedom!” Then, very literally, he gave his life in an effort to rid his country of England’s rule. War continued. Sure, there were times of freedom and peace, but history records centuries of continued struggle. 
700 years before He came, the prophet Isaiah spoke about the work of the coming Savior, Jesus. He was to be the suffering Messiah. His death would result in free and full forgiveness of our sins. That, my dear Christ follower, is freedom! That’s the good news that “binds up the broken hearted,” “frees captives,” and “releases prisoners from [spiritual] darkness.” Like rays of sunshine, these words pierce the darkness of our sin-sick souls.

Now and forever, we can proclaim that we are, “Free at last!” We can walk daily with a clear and clean conscience, confident in God’s proclamation of complete forgiveness through faith in Christ.

What a wonderful gift! “...the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord,” Paul wrote in Romans 6:23. And like any wonderful gift, what better way to show our sincere thanks for the freedom we have received than to give a shout out to the Lord...as well as to share the “Good News!” with others. 

The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD’S favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn [Isaiah 61:1-2].

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