Summary: Oh, that we would never let our Christianity become nothing more than a set of rituals and laws! Christ has set us free from sin not to enslave us to a new set of laws! If we are to live free from sin we have to allow our hearts to be filled with the grac
Christ the Liberator, John 8:31-36
You and I – we – are born into this lives wearing slaves shackles. They aren’t visible. We can’t see them because they are the shackles of sin. The Bible teaches us that all of us have received a sinful nature from our parents.
Our parents received it from their parents and they received it from theirs. Psalms 51:5 says, “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me.” (NKJV)
Sin is not only about the actual act of committing a wrong act. It is also about having a disposition toward committing sin. Sin is not primarily of a problem of the hands which commit the acts, it is a first and foremost a problem of the heart.
We do not simply do the wrong things, our hearts are bent toward sin from birth and we spend all of our life wading through the consequences of sin in our lives.
How does a worm get inside an apple? Perhaps you think the worm burrows in from the outside. No, scientists have discovered that the worm comes from the inside. But, how does he get in there?
Simple; an insect lays an egg in the apple blossom. Sometime later the worm hatches in the heart of the apple, then eats his way out.
Sin, like the worm, begins in the heart and works out through the person’s thoughts, word and actions. For this reason, David once wrote, “Create in me a clean heart, O God.”
Sin is not an easy word for a Pastor to say. It makes all of us feel uncomfortable to talk about our sin. But avoiding the topic won’t make it go away will it? There is an ancient proverb which says, “A scab is a scab, even if you smear honey on it.”
Sin is not an easy subject, be we aren’t afraid to deal with tough subjects are we? If we are to grow, we must deal with the tough subjects of the Christian life.
2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (NKJV) Today, let us engage the truth free from fear and as we do, let us grow in the grace of God in our lives.
John 8:31-36 says, “Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, ‘If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.’ They answered Him, ‘We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?’ Jesus answered them, ‘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.” (NKJV)
Have you ever seen a young boy learning to use a hammer and nails? My 2 year old son Sebastian loves to help me whenever I am working around the parsonage.
He even has his own little plastic hammer that he uses as I use the real one.
Sometimes I will let him try to hit the nail with his plastic hammer. He will put everything he has into hitting the nail. He will grunt and huff and puff. He gets really serious about hitting as hard as he can!