The Cost of Freedom

Our freedom always comes at a cost. The freedom we enjoy as Americans cost our founding fathers and all those who defend our nation something. For many, it cost them their lives.

Likewise, our spiritual freedom comes at a great cost.

As for me, I find no basis for a charge against him, Pontius Pilate, Roman Governor.

Jesus was falsely accused, arrested, and taken before Pontius Pilate, the Roman Governor. After interrogating Jesus extensively, Pilate found no basis to charge him. He offered to release Jesus, but the Jewish leaders insisted that he was guilty. They asked Pilate to release Barabbas, a guilty felon, and crucify Jesus, who was not guilty of any charges.

It is hard to wrap my mind around the thinking of the Jewish leaders. But we know that all the events surrounding Jesus arrest were to fulfill God’s purpose as well as buy my freedom and your freedom. more “The Cost of Freedom”

Freedom from other lords

Lord our God, other lords besides you have ruled over us but your name alone do we honor (worship/trust). They are now dead and live no more, their spirits do not rise. You punished them and brought them to ruin. You wiped out all memory of them. Isaiah 26:13-14

The Bible contains several accounts of times when the children of Israel abandoned God and His ways. Oftentimes because of their rebellion, they were captured by enemies and heathen kings who oppressed them. In addition to this physical oppression, the lords of idolatry and lust also ruled over them (2 Chronicles 12:8, 2 Chronicles 28:6, Romans 6:16-18). However, when they cried out to God and repented, in His mercy He freed them from their oppressors. He brought their oppressors to ruin. In return, the children of Israel acknowledged and worshiped God. more “Freedom from other lords”