Wednesday, December 12th, 2012
Self-Denial (Part 3: The Door To Freedom)
Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, 'If you abide in My Word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.'
John 8:31-32 (NKJV)
Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.
John 8:36 (NKJV)
As a Man, Jesus said, 'I can of myself do nothing' (John 5:30). By these words, He denied Himself and affirmed His Father. By this surrender, Jesus became God's 'Righteous Servant' (Isaiah 53:11) on earth.
By making Himself 'Of no reputation' and taking on 'The form of a bondservant' (Philippians 2:7), Jesus wore God's yoke. Therein, He became earth's second free Man*: free from Satan, free from sin and death; free to teach, preach, and cast out demons; free to perform miracles; free to save us.
Jesus is the foundation of all freedom. Like Him, we must serve to become free. It's a legal requirement for a bondservant. The big question proposed by Bob Dylan, Jesus Christ, and the Lord of Hosts is this one: Who will you serve? 'Death leading to death' or 'Life leading to life' (2 Corinthians 2:16)?
The day you surrendered to Christ, the Door to freedom opened: 'For a great and effective door has opened to me' (1 Corinthians 16:9). You were given both the right and the righteousness to walk through It.
But where will you go? King David knew where he wanted to go: 'One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life' (Psalm 27:4).
Consider: If the 'Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many' (Matthew 20:28), 'So the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing, with everlasting joy on their heads... Sorrow and sighing shall flee away' (Isaiah 35:10, 51:11).
If Jesus is 'The Way' (John 14:6) and 'The Door' (John 10:7) to this freedom, if we choose to walk through this Door because we want to live in 'The house of the Lord' every day (like David), how do we get to that safe House here and now?
To Be Continued...
*God's first free man was Adam, but he and all who followed lost that freedom until Jesus' return.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Self-Denial series.