Set Free From Slavery

One of the most debilitating forms of bondage that a Christian can know is the bondage of guilt. It’s paralyzing, depressing … devastating even. But Jesus Christ has removed your guilt. The blood of Christ is enough to satisfy a holy God and that blood looms larger in His eyes than any sin you or I can ever commit.

For this reason, your righteousness is not based on what you have or haven’t done. It is solely based on what He has done.

So stand in the shed blood of Christ, which has cleansed you from sin, made you acceptable to God, and given you access to His “throne of grace.” It is the accuser of the brethren who would seek to paralyze you with the gripping power of guilt. But we “[overcome] him by the blood of the Lamb.” Rev. 12:11

Indeed, there is freedom in Bethany, and it is the freedom that only Jesus Christ can bring.

Second, Jesus did not unbind Lazarus; instead He told the crowd to do it. It was as if He said, “I want you to co-labor with Me in bringing freedom to others. Since I have set you free, you are now My agents to set others free. I’ve called you to be My bondage-breakers for others.”

“Loose him, and let him go!” is what the Lord said to those in Bethany.

If the Lord has set you free, He has granted you the power to set others free.

Note that Lazarus could not unbind himself. He needed others to do it. We cannot free ourselves.

This is precisely what resurrection life does. Resurrection life liberates us from all things except Christ Himself. And He gives us His resurrection life so that we may “go and do likewise,” liberating others from sin, condemnation, guilt, shame, the world, and the Devil.

Setting people free from bondage is deeply embedded in the soundtrack of Jesus’ ministry. And it should be embedded in ours as well.

This isn’t a burden, but a glorious privilege.