It’s the word that comes in many forms for many different people.
It’s the idea of being set free from something or someone that holds bondage on a life.
It’s the action of forgiving someone in order to be set free from an unhealthy circumstance full of grudges, hate, misunderstanding, etc., in order to reconcile a relationship/friendship.
It’s found in a prison cell when the doors are unlocked and a prisoner is set free.
It’s the title of a person when they become sober from drugs and alcohol and finally realize that for the first time in a long time, they are free again to live life to the fullest in a way that they will never regret when they get away from the substances that held them down for so long.
It’s the result of men and women fighting in some of the darkest places in order for their American brothers and sisters to live independently in a nation.
Most importantly, it’s what is found in the life of someone who surrenders to Christ in order to obtain freedom for eternity from the bondage of sin, death, and hell…
What does this word mean to you?
So many of us experience freedom in several different aspects of our lives, but still so many of us have something that is chaining us down.
On the outside, we show a mask of happiness and a life that is at ease, but inwardly we are at war with ourselves and with others, fighting to reach the light at the end of the tunnel and fighting to have victory over something that we feel is conquering every piece of our lives minute by minute.
Maybe you’re trying to find freedom in a marriage that is holding you down in misery.
Maybe you’re looking for freedom from an addiction that you thought would help your problems, but instead it’s made your life even worse than it was.
Some of you are trying to find freedom from something as simple, yet so complex as putting for cell phone down for twenty minutes just to spend time with your family.
Many of you may feel helpless and hopeless. You feel chained down to this world, and all it’s left you with is a life full of insecurity, doubt, and shame. You feel a void of emptiness deep down, and you’re grasping for something to fill the gap.
Whatever you are facing, there is freedom. There is a Chain Breaker who is breaking chains day by day in people’s lives, leading them to liberty for all eternity. He is Light. He is Hope. His name is Jesus.
John 8:32 says, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” This verse lines up with John 14:6 in which Jesus states, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
Jesus is the truth that makes people free. Through Him, you can have a relationship with the Father (God) that will set you free from the captivity of whatever it is that is holding you down in bondage.
Jesus says again in John 8:36, “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”
The word “indeed” means: in fact; in reality; in truth; truly. It backs up Jesus’ statement and assures that what He said about being set free will come to pass in a person’s life if they seek Him for freedom.
If you are in need of eternal freedom, run to Jesus.
If you need to apologize or forgive someone in order to be set free from the bondage of grudges and bitterness, run to Jesus, ask Him to mend the relationship, and go to the person that you need to make amends with.
Jesus’ death on the cross, his burial in the tomb, and His resurrection three days later is perfect proof that freedom abounds and is alive today. He forgave humanity when He nailed our sins to the cross in His body.
Whatever it is that you need freedom from today, run to Jesus and be set free.