“Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” - John 8:34-36
The desire of anyone who has been enslaved is to be set free. To be bound and held in captivity is miserable, degrading and depressing. Rev Martin Luther King, the great activist for the African Americans, championed their cause for freedom and equality.
Many who were taken to America as slaves lived in abject poverty and misery. Finally they were free but there was still repression and discrimination. A long, bloody battle scarred the southern states of America as Black Americans fought for their basic civil rights.
In a memorable speech in Washington in 1962 Rev King said, “…I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.”
Unfortunately civil liberties cannot break the bondage of sin. Jesus compares sin with slavery. When you sin you become a slave to sin, bound by its power. Trying to break free from its power is seemingly impossible. Sin holds you captive and you are its slave
Jesus was taken captive, falsely accused, whipped, beaten and nailed to a cross. By His sacrificial death He overcame the devil.
We had been sold into slavery by the sin of Adam and Eve, but Jesus paid the price with His blood to redeem us and set us free. And that is what happened on the cross. The price was paid to buy back from the devil’s control every single person born on planet earth.
Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for taking my place on the cross and dying for me. Forgive me and cleanse me from all sin and set me totally free today. Let me never ever become a slave to sin.