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What if you were truly free….what difference would it make today?
Think about our brothers, sisters and siblings across the world right now….in Palestine…in Haiti…at the borders…those dealing with abuse…or racial or gender discrimination. Think about those that are battling cancer or substance abuse or mental health challenges.
What if any of them were free from all that? How great would that be?
Whether you are reading this and battling one of those challenges or something a little less acute or intense, I want to remind you that Reformation Sunday is coming. This is the weekend in church that we get to hear the text from John where Jesus says: “If the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.”
And guess what? Spoiler alert….. He did. And therefore, you are!
Because of that news, the challenges we battle on a daily basis are NOT the final answer for us and DO NOT define our freedom. Our freedom comes from God’s grace through the power of the cross. A cross that defeated death itself and can also defeat the power that any adversary claims to have over us.
Freedom for you. No matter what.
The power of that proclamation doesn’t promise an easy path for sure. Ask anyone battling the issues I named above or the issues that you are battling right now.
But that freedom is a gift to hang onto. It’s a reminder of the bigger picture. It’s a reminder of the bigger champion. It’s a reminder of the bigger Truth that you are a child of God and nothing can separate you from the love of God in Christ Jesus. NOTHING.
May this upcoming Reformation weekend remind you of that. May the battles you face be conquered by the power of Christ within you. And may you know you are not alone because you are connected to the wider Christian community and to the faith that is within you.
May you know that you are free because of Christ. Free indeed.
Lord, thank you for the freedom that conquers all. Amen
Still in One Peace