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Free Indeed
July 2, 2017
Free Indeed
John 8:31-36
 
A slave cannot be free of their own accord. They can attempt escape. They can try to run away from the one controlling them. But at the end of the day, they are still a slave under ownership. There is no real release from their bondage; no feeling of security and rest. And no matter how hard they may try to fight against that title, it is who they are until and unless their master makes them free. 
 
The scripture says that we are all slaves to sin - ugly sin that weighs us down and wants to manipulate and control our every thought and step. Sin would never willingly let us be free. So without someone to step in and free us from the clutch of sin, we would be forever trapped under its ownership.
 
When Jesus came to this world in the form of a man, He came to buy us back from the enemy of our souls. He paid the ultimate price by sacrificing Himself on the cross as a payment for every sin of every person who had ever been and ever would be. 
 
The most beautiful part is that even though He purchased our souls, to Jesus we are not His slaves. He calls us friend. We are His children. Yes, He shed His blood as a price to pay to sin in exchange for our lives. But it wasn't so that we could be bound by Him - it was so we could be made FREE by Him! Through the saving power of Jesus we are all free. Free to worship and rejoice. Free to find salvation. Free to live a life for Him full of joy, hope, and love. We are free indeed!
 
Pray: “Lord, I could never thank you enough for Your selfless sacrifice to free my soul! You are such a wonderful Savior. Let me never forget that through You, I am no longer a slave to sin. That I can overcome anything through You because You have overcome the world!”