Freedom Available to Those in Bondage

Posted by in Commemoration/Celebration | March 12, 2022

In April this year (2022) my Jewish friends and associates commemorate Passover and I and my Christian friends and associates commemorate Easter.  Both are celebrations of liberty and new life.

My Jewish friends and associates remember the Exodus of their ancestors from slavery in Egypt and their wilderness travels to their new Promised Land.   I and my Christian friends and associates remember the exodus from the slavery of sin and new life in the Spirit of the risen Lord Jesus Christ.

The first Exodus began with turning away from all they had in Egypt and toward the promises they were given regarding the Promised Land.  They started out believing that the Lord God is good and faithful and that He would provide for them.  They had many setbacks along the way due to spats of unbelief.  In fact, after provoking the Lord God with unbelief by not entering the first time they were at the border of the Promised Land, only two of the millions of adults that left Egypt entered into the Promised Land.  These two were Joshua and Caleb along with the children that had left Egypt and those born in the Wilderness.  Joshua and Caleb were the only two who believed and obeyed the Lord God continually.  And, the children were not held responsible for the unbelief of their parents. Joshua, Caleb and the children, many of who became adults during the Wilderness wanderings, enjoyed many blessing during their new life in the Promised Land. 

The first Exodus is a shadow of the spiritual Exodus that has been available since the time of Adam, but became clear fifteen hundred years later to the people of the Promised Land and beyond, whether Jewish or Gentile, when many came to clearly understand that they could not turn from their own wretched sinfulness and be cleansed by offering unblemished animal sacrifices to the Lord God at the Temple or by the animal and human sacrifices offered to pagan gods in Roman pantheons or by doing more good deeds than bad.  These turned toward trusting on the sacrifice offered on a cross at Calvary by the Lord God, Jesus Christ, who became incarnate as a child and who lived a sinless life and who offered Himself as the unblemished sacrifice for the sin of any who call upon Him for delivery from the eternal punishment of Hell.  And as evidenced by their belief these have been delivered into the new life that the Lord God displayed when He resurrected from the grave three days after He was put to death on a Roman cross and buried.  These have also received many blessing in their new life.               

This accomplishment of cleansing from sinfulness and new life is not brought about by a thought, a word, or a work of mankind or any individual man or woman, but is an accomplishment by the Holy Spirit in the heart of the souls of those He came to deliver.  The Holy Spirit implants in the heart of the soul a new life when He implants a new spirit, His spirit, and changes a person from the inside out. 

What can we do to receive this spirit?  We can do nothing, but to call out to the Lord Jesus Christ for mercy and deliverance from the wretchedness of our sin that dwells within, and do so until we know He has given us His Spirit.  How do we know when we have this Spirit?  We know we have received this spirit when we love, trust, and follow Him and we have an inner desire to learn of Him and His truth in the Bible and then to live in a way that is pleasing to Him and loving toward others.

Let those who know they have His Spirit celebrate this day of Resurrection knowing we have a new eternal life.  Let those of us who do not know if they have His Spirit call on Him.

In His own words the Lord Jesus Christ says,  “Come unto Me, all ye that labor (for cleansing) and are heavy laden (with sin), and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light…..

All that the Father gives Me shall come to Me; and him that comes to Me I will in no wise cast out.

Happy Easter