“The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, for He has anointed Me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the LORD’s favor has come.” Luke 4.18-19
Jesus came to set the captives free!
But most of the people Jesus came in contact with never even recognized they were in spiritual bondage. They were so focused on their Roman captivity, they neglected to understand who their real captor was!
In Romans, Paul spells it out clearly . . . our captor is SIN. Previously, you let yourselves be slaves to impurity and lawlessness, which led ever deeper into sin. Romans 6.19
Captivity to sin is all we’d ever known. The cage of sin was where we resided and we had made a pretty comfortable home there. Our shackles of sin held us hostage but we didn’t feel bound, in fact it was just the opposite – we felt free.
Sin was our shackles, our bondage, our captivity. But Jesus died to set us free! He removed the chains that bound us and hemmed us in. His love is our jailbreak!
It wasn’t until Jesus set us free that we realized our incarceration. We understood our sin and invited Christ into our lives to free us from this bondage. And He did!
So why do we keep going back to the cage? Why do we shackle ourselves with the guilt of our sin? Why do we wrap the chains back around us and refuse to leave the jail?
We believe the lies that our sin is too ugly for God to forgive. We refuse to believe God has forgiven us because we can’t forgive ourselves. This jail cell is all we’ve ever known, it’s comfortable. It’s “safe”.
If we’ve left the country where sin is sovereign, how can we still live in our old house there? Or didn’t you realize we packed up and left there for good? . . . We left the old country of sin behind . . . We entered into the new country of grace—a new life in a new land! Romans 6.1-2 (MSG)
God set you free! There is no need for penance – it has already been paid in full! Your sin is covered, washed away by the blood of God’s own Son. There is nothing left to do but embrace this new way of living, this freedom. Leave the cage and all its shackles behind and walk into this new land of grace and hope!
Our jailbreak is NOW!