Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
(Galatians 5:1 (NIV))
Freedom from what?
Why did Jesus come into this world? Why did Jesus die on the cross? Why was He resurrected three days later?
Jesus came to free us from the bondage of sin that humanity has been under since the fall from grace in the Garden of Eden. He died on the cross to bear the pain and to pay the price for all sin for all of humanity so that we could find grace and mercy. Through His resurrection, Jesus broke the power of sin and death. The grave no longer holds power over those who profess the name of Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior.
Does this mean that we are perfect?
Does this mean that we will never make mistakes?
Does this mean that we can do whatever we want including continuing in our sins because Jesus loves us and He wants us to be happy?
If we could continue in our sins and still find salvation, why did Jesus die?
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
(Romans 3:23 (NIV))
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”
(John 3:16-21 (NIV))
If you profess a faith in Jesus, you will follow His teachings. You will seek to live according to the example that Jesus left.
“Not everyone who says to me, `Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, `Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, `I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
(Matthew 7:21-23 (NIV))
Will Jesus know you as someone whom He has set free?