Summary: Easter is the celebration of how Christ has set us free! Here we discuss how Christ has set us free, and how we can continually realize that freedom in our daily lives.
My Chains are Gone!
A funny thing happened in Darlington, Maryland several years ago. Edith, a mother of eight, was coming home from a neighbors house one Saturday afternoon. As she walked into the living room, she saw five of her youngest children huddled together, concentrating with intense interest in something. As she slipped near them, trying to discover the center of attraction, she couldn’t believe her eyes. Right dab in the middle were five baby skunks. She screamed at the top of her voice, ‘CHILDREN, RUN!!!” Each child grabbed a skunk and ran.
-contributed by Ralph Juthman
I thought this was a cute illustration of what Easter truly means, and how we tend to take it for granted or forget altogether.
Today we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ! And as we do this, we acknowledge that Jesus did not do all of this in vain, but for the purpose of coming to set us free from the bondage of sin, and the things that plague us! Because of Jesus, our chains our gone!
But believers, just as unbelievers, have a hard time realizing this liberation. Like the children in the story, we cling to our sins, our fears, our hurts; and we deny the very miracle that God has done in our life.
Today, I want to examine what it means to be free, and how we too can realize what it means to be free—Our Chains are Gone!
Romans 3:23-24 (NLT)
For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. 24 Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.
A few weeks ago I was preparing for service, and I was listening to a Christian Group named Delirious. And through the lyrics I felt as if God was revealing to me a systematic approach to realizing the Chains of Life being removed through 3 key words:
carry out a systematic or formal inquiry to discover and examine the facts of, so as to establish the truth
Hebrews 10:22-23 (NIV)
Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
There’s an interesting correlation between drawing near to God and investigating our own hearts, that I think is more than just coincidence. Because when we draw near to God, we begin to naturally see what doesn’t fit in His image for us.
Anybody brave enough to watch the show CSI? If you’re unfamiliar with it, the show is about Crime Scene Investigation, and the team that gets down and dirty in the scene of the crime to find out the facts. They have all kinds of tools, procedures and equipment that help investigate down to the microscopic level to realize the truth.
This is the type of investigation God wants us to allow to take place in our own hearts. This sentiment is echoed in the prayer of the psalmist:
Psalm 139:23-24 (NLT)