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5 Freedoms Found Only in Jesus

As Independence Day approaches and we thank God for the hard-won freedoms this country enjoys, it is important to point out the freedoms we have through Jesus Christ.

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Published Jul 01, 2024
5 Freedoms Found Only in Jesus

“What’s God ever done for me?”

That question was the response I heard from the proprietor of a small café, who curtly delivered it as I offered him a Gospel booklet. Waiting my turn in line to pay for our meal, I tried to strike up a conversation about spiritual things.
 
“Let me tell you this,” the man went on. Getting emotional, the man said to me, “I laid on a battlefield in Vietnam, bleeding. If anything could atone for my sins, it was my own blood as I lay there, nearly dying for a country that didn’t care!”

It was hard to decide which was more shocking: The pain this fellow had carried for some many decades, or his apparent indifference to God. We ended up having a fairly cordial conversation, and he seemed genuinely touched as I thanked him for serving as he did. I wanted him to grasp that God has proven His love; The Father demonstrated His love by sending the Son, Jesus, to set us free (Romans 5:8).

Spiritual and Civic Freedoms

As Independence Day approaches and we thank God for the hard-won freedoms this country enjoys, it is important to point out the freedoms we have through Jesus Christ.

Christ’s hard-won victory on the Cross gives us these five liberties:

1. Freedom from the guilt that all inherit.

The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 15:22, “In Adam all die.” Physical death — and the risk of spiritual death — are universal realities because of the sin we inherit from Adam and Eve. In Christ, we are forgiven, promised a home in heaven, and set free from guilt.

2. Freedom from sinful deeds we personally commit.  

We have all known the right but done the wrong. Sinful actions not only put a wedge between us and God, but they also result in numerous negative repercussions. Christ forgives our sins, and the indwelling Holy Spirit can give us the strength to overcome temptations.  

3.  Freedom within ourselves over personal struggles.

If we are willing, God’s Spirit can even help us overcome sinful habits that may have held us in bondage for years. Whether the issue is gnawing remorse over past bad decisions, feelings of worthlessness, emotional pain from abuse, or just fear about tomorrow — Jesus gives us peace within. The Gospel is our way to peace with God and is also the key to peace with ourselves.

4.  Freedom from judgment that is ultimately coming.

Jesus is in the process of restoring a broken world. “Eschatology” is an 85-cent word that refers to what the Bible says about “last things.” One day, the entire world and universe will be made brand-new (Revelation 21:5). Just as there is a global, universal eschatology — Jesus gives us a joyous personal eschatology. This fallen world is under judgment, but Jesus has made the believer exempt.

5.  Freedom to face eternity — our soul’s final destiny.  

“It is appointed for people to die once — and after this, judgment.” - Hebrews 9:27

We may not want to think about our own mortality, but it is unavoidable. There is a date that we will leave this world, and God knows when that date is. It is very freeing to know that we are ready to face God! 

Not long ago, I was asked to visit the friend of a friend who had been arrested and put in jail. As a minister of the Gospel, requests like this come along more than you might imagine. It is an honor to do such things, and when people find themselves in the deepest of valleys, they are very often quite open to allowing Jesus Christ to become the Lord of their lives.

The facility was very bleak, with rough gray concrete everywhere and seemingly endless hallways of bars and flaking paint. Not surprisingly, an air of gloom and hopelessness permeated the place, and this was reflected on the faces of the inmates.

The particular jail where I visited the inmate in question had a very small courtyard in the middle of the building. There were a few concrete squares in an otherwise dirt courtyard. The dusty courtyard area reminded me of the forlorn places I have been to in developing nations.

Suddenly, I noticed a small flower growing up against the concrete wall in one corner. It was the only bit of vegetation in this otherwise lifeless place. Invisibly, some breeze had carried a seed over the roof and into this small open area within the prison facility. The bleakness of the surroundings made that one little flower all the more vivid.
 
When you think of the bondage, sufferings, and entanglements that permeate this world, the freedoms that we have through Christ appear all the more precious. Jesus is the flower of beauty in a barren, dusty place.
 
Jesus absolves the guilty who are imprisoned by sin. The heart longs for freedom — and finds it in Christ.

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Alex MacFarlandDr. Alex McFarland is a youth, religion, and culture expert, a national talk show host and speaker, educator, and author of 20 books. McFarland directs Biblical Worldview and apologetics for Charis Bible College in Woodland Park, CO. Via the American Family Radio Network, Alex is heard live on Exploring the Word, airing daily on nearly 200 radio stations across the U.S.

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