7775 - Freedom

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Join us as we look at another facet of the marvelous work of Jesus Christ as he died on the cross.

Listen to Hebrews 2: verses 15 and 16:

and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. For surely it is not angels He helps, but Abraham’s descendants.

The consequence of the sin of man brought fear of death to be a cloud, which hovers over humanity; so many questions surrounding death.

Mankind was created to have fellowship with God. This capacity was built into the fabric of man. Both God and people were to enjoy the relationship with each other.

After the devil deceived Eve and she ate the forbidden fruit from the only tree in the Garden from which they could not eat, and Adam willfully followed her actions; a great change came into the inner being of both. The purity and simplicity of innocence was destroyed in their beings; and for the first time in the Bible we find fear within the people God had created.

In Genesis 3, God was walking in the Garden, and man and woman hid from the Lord God because of their sin. This had never happened before, so God called to them. When Adam finally stood in God’s presence he quickly explained that they had hidden because they were afraid.

Immediately God was aware of the change. God asked, “Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” You could say, they were caught red-handed.

Sin had entered the sphere of life of mankind, and one of the horrible effects was a sense of fear, which had become a part of the psyche of human beings. It is that manifested fear under discussion today.

Examine the definition of fear and we see it is in conflict with God’s peace, which he desires for His people creatures. Fear is defined as alarm and agitation. It is the ground for apprehension. These terms describe turmoil within the soul of human beings.

The soul of man is immortal. Although the body will die the soul lives on. Perhaps this truth evidences why fear of death is such a disturbing consideration throughout human culture.

On one hand, many people do not want to think about death. They are afraid. In truth, a great number of people are compelled to think about death. It haunts their mind.

Within the inner being of all people is a certain intuition, or inner awareness about God. He plants some knowledge about His desires and about eternity within us. Included is a big question, and a restlessness about eternity. Since the soul of man is immortal, what happens when the body dies? Where do we go?

Religions of man have no answers for these haunting questions. Only in Jesus Christ is there any answer. That’s what this passage is talking about. Jesus broke the power of sin and eternal damnation by paying the penalty for our sins with His own blood on the cross. Now He offers a true answer to the eternity question!

There is hope. There is assurance of eternal joy and peace. “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life... whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son (John 3:16-18).”

Only Christianity offers freedom from this fear, through a personal relationship with God through faith in His Son Jesus. Faith in Him brings freedom to every person who has been enslaved by the fear of death. When you invite Jesus Christ to enter your life He brings peace and joy. He guides and directs your life. He gives power to live a life of victory over besetting sin. He gives understanding of His veritable truth — the Word of God — the Bible. Acquaintance with Him and His truths gives freedom, assurance, and hope of eternity shared in His presence with all His children.