For over 200 years our nation has enjoyed a freedom that is envied by the majority of other nations. As wonderful as it is to live in a free nation, the greatest need for every human being is the need for spiritual freedom.
The Bible says that we are born in sin (Psalm 51:5), and that our lives are enslaved to the course of this fallen world system (Ephesians 2:1-3). Our dilemma is that we are unable to obtain such deliverance by our own power or strength. Man-made religion cannot provide the power to deliver anyone from these forces of darkness and evil. Where then does fallen man find this freedom and power over darkness? Through Jesus Christ (John 8:36). Listen to what Jesus told the apostle Paul was the purpose behind His calling him to go preach to the Gentiles: “‘to open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith that is in Me.’ ” (Acts 26:18)
Listen to what The Father has done and promises to do for all those who trust in Him: “He has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son.” (Colossians 1:13) Consider the source of power that is given to all who repent and trust in The Lord Jesus Christ: “that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man” (Ephesians 3:16).
This message of Christ provides a freedom indeed! It is a freedom over the accusations of the devil (Revelation 12:10). It is a freedom over Mosaic legalism (Galatians 5:1), and any other religious system that blinds people from the glorious gospel of The Lord Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 4:3,4). The message of Christ is a message of deliverance to the captives (Luke 4:18).
As we come to The Lord’s Supper this morning, may we come with reverence. May we come with a deep sense of humility. May we come with thanksgiving and praise for The One Who has truly set us free!