The Holy Sound, Stanza #2
The miraculous power to set us free from life’s pain, damage, unhealthy habits, and sin came to us as a baby. Heaven’s Mighty deliverer and King entered the earth as a helpless infant, reliant on humans to care for him. Mary was just a teenager, and Joseph wasn’t much older than her. The tiny hands of an infant held the seeds that would grow into freedom’s tree; a wooden cross. This was God’s sweet, gentle yet powerful plan for our freedom and forgiveness.
“Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Through him (Jesus) everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses.”Acts 13:36-39
Myriam Webster’s dictionary defines freedom as “The ability to move or act freely.” We each have something that is holding us back from God’s best for our lives. No matter what we do or how well we do temporarily, it ends up getting the best of us. We’ve asked, and maybe we even begged God to take it from us, but it seems to have us bound. God planted the seeds for our freedom on the earth nearly 2000 years ago. In just experiencing life, we encounter pain, disappointment, betrayal, and many other trials. Even when we get free, one or two of these things seem to come back. We don’t need to worry; God doesn’t condemn us when we have Jesus. It makes it clear in Romans 8:1.
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ JesusRomans 8:1
Seeds and Sacrifice
God can make something as great as the mighty redwoods from a tiny seed. It takes soil, sun, rain, and wind to grow anything. We grow when we allow the rain of God’s holy spirit to soften our hearts and lead us into the truth and our freedom. If we continue watering that seed, letting the sun/Son shine upon it, and turn to God in the hardships and rain and the fruit of our labor will make it stronger than what binds us. There is no freedom from or forgiveness of sin without someone paying who hadn’t sinned. Jesus came as a tiny lamb, a seed that would grow into the “Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world,” as proclaimed by John the Baptist the moment he laid eyes on Jesus. In our celebrations, let’s enjoy the gift of freedom that God so freely gave.
“For the law of the Spirit of life has set you[b] free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death”.
Romans 8:2 ESV