Setting the willing free
Jesus told his disciples that they would know the truth and the truth would set them free. In the legal process that led to Jesus’ crucifixion, Pontius Pilate asked Jesus “What is truth?”
I think that truth is, first of all, what God says. We are told that the devil is the father of all lies. Jesus came to oppose a system of lies that enslave man. Now, there was also truth that enslaved man, and that truth is that Adam, the father of all men, reneged on his contract with God. “Sin” entered the world and lucifer gained access.
Sometimes we think of the natural world in terms of systems. Please set that thinking aside for a moment. Nature is usually not perfectly symmetrical; doesn’t have many straight lines; doesn’t repeat the same things. In nature, virtually everything is original and unique. Systems repeat everything, because those putting the system together don’t have unlimited resources, and ideas, images and designs are repeated. God has unlimited resources, therefore He is not limited in creation–except by His own word, will and plan.
When lucifer gained access to the world God committed to Adam, he began to implement systems. His resources are limited and he needs to use them carefully. This is why he frightens and bullies. He needs to appear bigger and stronger than he is.
When Jesus came He came to release us from systems lucifer had set in place. Jesus said “…The devil only comes to kill steal and destroy, but I come that they [we] might have life, and that more abundantly…”
A part of the truth He brought is that we no longer need be subject to lucifer’s systems, or to the law of sin and death–that law being that sin brings death. He accepted for us the consequences of Adam’s and our own sin, and let us go free. He redeemed us.
This truth is essential for “truthers” because we desire freedom, and the only way true freedom comes is by our being free from these systems from which Jesus liberated us. Not everyone accepts these truths. Not everyone wants to be free.
Most Christians think there are two kinds of people: those who are going to hell, and those who have accepted salvation. Don and I have talked about this, and he believes there are three sorts of people. He believes there are those who have chosen to serve evil, those who have chosen the path of seeking justice and right, and those who haven’t really decided yet.
I rather think there are four types of people: those who have embraced evil and those who have embraced good at each end of the spectrum (actually the only Human at the good end of the spectrum is Jesus, and I’m not sure if there is one at the evil end). In between I think there are two sorts of people: those who have been abused and confused by the evil so that making a determination about their own lives is difficult, and those who are indifferent, self-absorbed, too scared or otherwise unprepared to consider eternal matters.
The indifferent are those who can’t be bothered by, well, reality. Video games, sports, shopping and the like are just TOO entertaining to look away from. While this motivation often has a foundation of pain or a fear of pain, living like this only postpones the moment when realities must be faced and reckoned with. If you’re among the indifferent, think, please. Don’t you want your life to count for something? Life DOES having meaning. Please try to find it.
In the abused group are mind control slaves, people who were abused as children and so forth. Interestingly, last night we watched a Lie to Me episode about a girl who had Multiple Personality Disorder, or “Dissociative Disorder”. Some people have serious blocks to examining their lives. We pray for them and for their release. It is more than possible for them to be set free. I number Michael Jackson among those who lived under this burden and were set free. Once he was awake and aware–and ready to expose the depth of the use of mind control in show business on his tour–he was killed.
So was Jesus, of course.
Truth is always going to be perceived by systems as dangerous. Truth is dangerous. It destroys systems.
Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.
For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh
–Romans 8: 1-3
Life the free life Jesus paid for!
Happy Resurrection Day