The cross – a liberating event

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5:1).

The cross, being the central event of our salvation, has brought us freedom – the cross is a liberating event.

We live in a world, beautiful as it is, tainted by needless violence, corrupted morality, utter lies and deception, to sum it up the world is characterised by total depravity. Is there any hope? There is.

Contemplating the great restoration that will take place at the Second coming of Christ, Paul “saw” “…that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God” (Romans 8:21).

The glorious freedom of the children of God.

Nothing will block, restrain or impede our new eternal lives on a new earth and a new heaven with God Himself dwelling with His children. We will be completely, gloriously and eternally free.

Now that is something to look forward to, don’t you think?

Freedom is a dangerous word/concept. For most people it means to go ahead to do whatever they want, or think of.

The Biblical concept of freedom comes like a refreshing breeze on a stale day. It comes as a gift from God, though the cross.

It removes the forces that keep people in bondage (sin, wickedness, darkness, superstition, etc.).

It offers a freedom that is governed by love only: love of God, of self and of the neighbour (Luke 10:27). It offers still, an open way to God – our heavenly Father. “In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence” (Ephesians 3:12). And a reason for joy, “Sing for joy, O heavens, for the LORD has done this; shout aloud, O earth beneath. Burst into song, you mountains, you forests and all your trees, for the LORD has redeemed Jacob, he displays his glory in Israel” (Isaiah 44:23). Not only Jacob, but people from all nations. Live like a free person!