I was reading through Scripture this morning and came across a wonderful verse in Galatians 5:
“It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1 NASB
Have you ever truly thought about the sacrifice that Christ made upon the cross? Most of the time we hear how He took the world’s sins upon Himself so that the punishment could be taken from us which is completely true. However, have you ever thought that “It was for freedom” that Christ died? Think about it, before Christ’s sacrifice, it was all about the Law. If you didn’t do what the Law said, you were not considered “righteous” in the eyes of God, (or so people thought). So the Law which was a listing of rules and regulations, was almost like slavery to human beings. You had to follow it, you had to keep it!
Christ changed all that! Now before you go crazy and call me a blasphemer here, let me explain. By no means did Christ abolish those rules. Jesus said in Matthew 5:17:
“Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.” Matthew 5:17 NASB
What he was saying there was I have come to fulfill everything that the Law originally served as. The law was originally for the purpose of showing the nation of Israel that they needed God because of the severity of their sin! Paul told us in Galatians 3:24:
“Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith.” Galatians 3:24 NASB
The Law was to show us that we needed God’s Salvation! However, the Israelites turned it into something that enslaved them, a bunch of rules and regulations.
It’s not like that anymore! “It was for freedom” that Christ came to die! We no longer are bound by do’s and do not’s when living a life by faith in Christ!! You know why? God understands that we are going to mess up sometimes, and that’s where Grace comes in. He understands that we’ll fail and that’s the other reason why Jesus died, so that we may come to the father and plead his forgiveness, WHICH HE GIVES!
Christians I challenge you to hold to the freedom that God has freely gave. Don’t use your freedom to sin but to glorify Him in everything you do! It was for freedom that Christ set us free!