Advancing the Conversation of Jesus
GOT A MINUTE?
Once you forgive another person, you set a prisoner free. That prisoner is you. Once you experience forgiveness, either by forgiving or being forgiven, you enter into a wonderful sense of freedom.
Forgiveness and freedom are two of Jesus’ most powerful principles in his repertoire. Paul, an early follower of Jesus, spoke in a synagogue in Asia Minor to God-fearing Jews and non-Jews as a guest speaker (Acts 13). He said, “I want you to know two things.
Through Jesus is forgiveness and through Jesus is the kind of freedom the Law of Moses couldn’t provide.”Through Jesus grace is available to anyone who wants it. This is the kind of grace that you just can’t get on your own.
So, Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”(John 8:30-31)
Jesus claims to be the Liberator, the Source and Provider of true freedom. Put differently, freedom is not attained by our philosophical inquiry or religious discipline. Rather, freedom is given personally by a Person (Jesus). All kinds of religious systems and programs offer you lots of things, but Jesus can give you true and lasting peace, joy, love, forgiveness, and freedom. No one else can set you free and you just can’t get freedom on your own!