Parting Words From The WORD…

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As we consider the celebrations of this week, let’s not forget two important things:

1) No man can truly free us.

and

2) Freedom isn’t free.

Let’s look at #1. Meditating on the concept of freedom, I’m reminded of the words of Jesus, penned by John:

To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, β€œIf you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32 (NIV)

No army or weapon or a leader can free us. The only way to true freedom…from slavery, strongholds, and eternal death…is what? The truth. Yes, only the truth can set us free.

But in this day of situational ethics and questionable evidence, what is truth…really?

The answer is found again in John:

Jesus answered, β€œI am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 (NIV)

 

Jesus tells us He’s the Truth that can set us free and take us to the Father. Yes, He is the only One who can free us.

And point #2: Freedom isn’t free. These verses make it clear:

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 (NIV)

 

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 (NIV)

Freedom isn’t free because Jesus had to pay. Yes, our freedom cost Jesus His life. He knew what it would take, knew what He would endure, and yet He went to the cross for us.

True freedom only comes through Jesus. And He paid the price.

Oh, what a Savior!

I pray God’s blessing on the work of your hands and your hearts,

Vonda

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  • Wonderful post, Vonda.

  • Even though we enjoy wonderful freedoms here in our country, they’re not eternal freedoms, are they? So thankful Jesus provides that for any who will believe and call on His name. Not without cost to Him, but given to us so freely. What a Savior indeed!

  • Cathy Baker

    The fact that Jesus chose (wasn’t forced) to lay down His life for us changes EVERYTHING. Sweet freedom indeed!

    Thank you, Vonda. Hope you’re having a great time at the lake. πŸ™‚

    • Thank you for joining in, Cathy. Yes, we’re having a great time, even with the rain. πŸ™‚

  • Sue Badeau

    Always good to return to the word in order to understand the true meaning of any value we hold. Freedom. It not only isn’t free, it is not a “free ride on easy street” once we obtain it. It still involves a treacherous journey, carrying our own cross and expecting trials and tribulations. It is freedom to be who we were created to be . . . Elizabeth Elliot once said that an eagle is a picture of freedom, and yet we see that picture only when the eagle is flying the way it was created to fly – with the air currents and using all of its strengths and abilities. If we saw an eagle trying to fly without using its wings, or fly against the current, we would not see an image of freedom at all, but we would see danger, a mess, fear, and possibly even death for that eagle. That imagery has stuck with me for over 30 years since I heard her speak those words!

  • Good thoughts, Vonda. Deep. Something to ponder and be grateful for. XOXO

  • j

    Thank you for my Friday shot in the arm. I love the way you put God’s truth simply, logically, irrevocably out there for all to see.

    • How sweet! Thank you for your encouragement. πŸ™‚

  • Jeanne Doyon

    Simple and free. The gospel is everything we need.