What is freedom? Freedom is the power to chose our own path, the birthright of every sentient beings.
Freedom requires sacrifice. To protect its sanctity against tyrants and oppressors, freedom must be guarded and defended.
Freedom is not free. Our history is replete with noble struggles for freedom and independence. It is so precious that brave men and women would rather face certain death than live under slavery.
Without freedom, human existence would be utterly deplorable; it is only thru freedom that a person can truly attain his/her full potential and completely express his/her humanity.
In 2Timothy 1:7, the apostle Paul wrote a Pastoral letter from prison to a young Evangelist in Ephesus named Timothy. We know that Timothy is dear to Paul because he calls him elsewhere “my son in the faith”. (1Timothy 1:2)
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind”. (2Timothy 1:7 NKJV)
In the beginning
When God Almighty created Adam & Eve in the beginning, fear is an emotion completely unknown to them – until the day they disobeyed the LORD. Fear is not our heritage. After the Fall of man, fear crept into the hearts of men. Fear created a phantom that remains to this day – a phantom that haunts all men of all ages.
When fear is inside us, it amplifies those little things that causes us to feel afraid, e.g. shadows in the dark can be threatening, a soft breeze can sound like monster, etc. It enslaves the mind and terrorizes the heart.
Christ has set us free from fear
The good news is that we have been set free! Christ has broken the chains! Fear has no longer hold on us.
At baptism, we received the forgiveness of sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:38). Every true believer is imbued with courage, power, love, and sound mind. It inspires the heart with holy courage that makes a man fearless even in the face of death.
In Romans 8:15, the Apostle Paul wrote, “For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”
Fear is the result of a spirit bondage, but freedom from fear results to healing. When Christ died on the cross, He bought us by His precious blood. We have been set free and no longer slaves to anybody or anything! Free at last!
His death, burial, and resurrection gave us a status change: From slave to free, from darkness to light, from death to life, from beggars to heirs, from servant to sons and daughters of the living God! And that is who we are – even from the beginning.
A status change like that is radical. Only a son can grant such a privilege. “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed”. (John 8:36 NIV)
Today as we celebrate our freedom, let us remember what Jesus Christ did on the cross. Freedom has a price and Jesus paid that price to set us free.