who can forget the gut-wrenching, tear-inducing final cry of William Wallace (played by Mel Gibson in Braveheart):
one of the most iconic movie scenes of all time... in my humble opinion.
and how could we not relate that to our relationship with God? how often do we let sin get the better of us, and make stupid decisions that betray our true identities... free people.
Galatians 5:1 says...."it is for freedom that Christ has set you free"
free from the power of sin. the chains and shackles are just props. they aren't real. sin has no sting, bad behavior has no bite. the enemy pretends and pulls the wool over our eyes, leading us to believe we are victims, prisoners, captives. but it's a mirage. a trick. an illusion. we are free... because of Jesus. how sad it must make him to watch us wallow in our old ways when he paid such a high price for our freedom. but there we sit... free yet afraid to get up and walk away from the enemy. unwilling to throw off the weight of sin that slows us down and trips us up (Hebrews 12:1)
Jesus did the incomprehensible work of redemption at the cross... on the cross. for me, for you.