Jesus stood in the temple and read aloud from the prophet Isaiah saying, “…He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives…” (Luke 4:18). He then later said of Himself “If therefore the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.” (John 8:36). Jesus was declaring that to all people that the Liberation of Mankind was Himself and a large part of His mission is releasing us from captivity of every kind.
One of the stark contrasts between anything that is bound and anything that is free has to do with movement. A person who is in prison has restricted movement, limited range of living. A slave’s life is also restricted to the territory of their enslavement, and they are forcibly held to only one address.
However, when the Liberator and Freedom-Maker comes into our lives, His intention is to set us free all the way down to our cell level. And with the full freedom we have been given, a new range of motion is also given to us. We can now go places we’ve never been before and do things that that our old prison never allowed us to do. Just as 3 million Jews set free from slavery in Egypt went on an adventure into the unknown with their freedom, the natural outflow of our freedom is movement within a limitless territory where the Spirit leads us to meet new people and do things we’ve never done before.
We weren’t set free to simply remain fixed where we have always been and wallow in our good fortune. No – for every area that we are set free, there is immediately an opportunity to jump around excitedly and do things we have never done before. Freedom isn’t just clarified knowledge and understanding, it’s also action and movement. There are new places to go, new people to meet, new miracles to see take place, new wars to fight and battles to win.
If the set free prisoner never leaves the prison grounds, he is woefully underutilizing and even wasting his freedom. Likewise, all of us who have been set from all sin, and given the Spirit without measure to never leave the safety of the shores we’ve grown accustomed to, is a tragedy. The gift of our freedom means it’s time to visit new mission fields, discover new vistas and try new things. It was for freedom that Christ set you free. Live large, enjoy trying new things, dance in a new way, go somewhere.
I’m reminded of a man that once said that the first 3 letters of “Satan” is “SAT,” and the first two letters of “God” is “GO.” Let’s go into the highways and the byways together, bringing the chain-shattering love of Jesus into the desert-like places around us.
- Matt Peterson