Advent: Freedom in Christ


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From This is the Christ by Sandra McCracken

This is the Christ our God and Lord

Who in all need shall aid afford

He will himself our savior be

And from our sins will set us free

Freedom. Something we all long for. Wars have been fought for it, lives lost, nations and peoples divided. It’s important enough to die for, the right to freedom. But when we think of this kind of freedom, it’s not the kind of “free” that came with the advent of our Savior Jesus.

Maybe you want freedom from some struggle or trial. Maybe all you desire this Christmas is to be free of an oppressive or abusive relationship. Or perhaps free from a disease that is destroying your body. Or freedom from grief or despair.

Or perhaps you just want the freedom to be you. You don’t want to be hindered by the expectations or demands of others. You want the freedom to live your life as you see fit, with no barriers to prevent you from achieving your goals or fulfillment or joy.

These kind of freedoms seem to promise joy, but in fact are often the very things ideas that enslave us. We can only have joy if we have the thing. Without it, we are without hope.

Whatever freedom means to you in this moment, I encourage you to envision a different kind of freedom that makes all of the above concerns seem like mere momentary distractions. Freedom that is so huge, it makes all other freedoms seem small and light.

The freedom of Christ says that you are free from the weight of the burden of your sin. Every evil thought, deed, word forgiven when God became man. He arrived a as a little babe in Bethlehem and grew to be a perfect man. He died on a bloody cross and took that we deserved on Himself. And we became free.

Free to die to self. Free to love unconditionally. Free to serve and sacrifice. Free from all self-centeredness. Not because we are good. But because He is good.

He offered us aid for the greatest need we have. And we are set free.

“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”

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