Freedom in the Cross
As our small group studied the book of Galatians, we asked ourselves these two questions each time we got together… “Do I understand what it means to be freed and forgiven in Christ and am I living in the freedom of the cross?” Because of Jesus and his sacrifice on the cross we can live in the freedom of his sacrifice. Is this the way that you live? Or do you live in the guilt of mistakes made in the past? Do you live focusing on sins that you think God could never forgive you of? “He (God) is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins” (Ephesians 1:7) We have a marvelous, beautiful gift in Jesus Christ and the good news is this gift is available to each one of us, no matter our backgrounds, our past mistakes, our financial situation, our status, etc. You do not have to be deemed “worthy” by the world’s standards to receive Jesus as your Savior and to be freed and forgiven.
All throughout the book of Galatians Paul focuses on this theme of freedom in Christ. “So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.” (Galatians 5:1 NLT) “For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.” (Galatians 5:13 NLT)
As we prepare for Christmas, I pray that we allow our hearts to be transformed by the Good News of the Gospel. I pray that Jesus’s life and death on the cross truly is life changing for each and every one of us. I prat that each day we can live freed and forgiven, not because of what we have done but because of what He has done!
Take a few minutes to worship our God and thank Him for the freedom that we have in Jesus Christ.