I hear Jesus saying in today’s lingo, “Work with me here…I came to rescue you. To get you out of slavery and give you a life with all the privileges of a child of God. Trust me. I have the power to do it. Let me give you that life.”
Remember the story about the freed slaves who went back to their previous masters? Each one of us knows what chains hold us, what shackles restrict our lives. We know what has enslaved us. What might our lives look like if those chains were broken? What if we could walk out of our dungeon and into the fresh air and bright sunlight of a new day of freedom?
Christ, who is alive and working His mission in this world, promises that freedom to those who will believe Him and trust Him.
The apostle Peter wrote a letter to Christians who were going through really tough times and reminded them: You have a choice. Even though you can’t see Christ, you can choose to trust Him. And if you choose to trust Him, “the reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls” (1 Peter 1:9).
Did you know the word salvation means rescue?
Peter goes on to say that this salvation/rescue is such exciting stuff that even the angels are eagerly watching as God’s plans unfold (see 1 Peter 1:12).
That word is for us, today. There is rescue for us. And even the angels are eager to see what will happen as Christ’s mission unfolds.
Doesn’t that start the adrenalin pumping… and the hope rising ?
We have a choice. If we choose to seek Christ today (He is alive!), trust Him, and believe in His power, exciting stuff awaits.
Christ came to rescue us from hopeless lives. He came to move us from the kingdom of darkness to His kingdom of light.
That’s not just a promise for some far-off day; it is a promise for life here and now. His power works now to free those who will believe Him. He announced it clearly; this was His purpose in coming to earth and it is still His mission now. His Spirit comes into our lives to free us from things that restrain us, immobilize us, and shackle us. He comes to break all other powers and release us to live new lives.
We can trust Him to rescue of our hearts, souls, minds, and lives. We can walk out of our dungeons and away from our slavery, over a solid bridge of hope to a new life of freedom.
Listen to my cry, for I am in desperate need…Set me free from my prison …
(Psalm 142:6a,7a NIV)
I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me.
If you want to soak up even more of God’s promises of freedom:
Psalm 34:4-5; Psalm 68:6; Psalm 77:14; Psalm 102:18-20; Psalm 107:10-16; Psalm 116:16; Psalm 146:7; Isaiah 9:4; Isaiah 42:7; Isaiah 61:1; Luke 4:18; John 8:36; Romans 8:2; Galatians 1:4; Galatians 3:21-22; Galatians 4:5; Ephesians 1:6-7; Colossians 1:11-14; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; Titus 2:14; Hebrews 2:14-15; 1 Peter 1:9; 1 Peter 1:18-20; 2 Peter 2:19; Revelation 5:9
© Elaine Starner 2015