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March 25, 2019

Why the Cross Still Matters: Emancipation

“…though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart…having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.” Romans 6:17-18

Jesus’ death paid for our freedom, but we need to understand what Christian freedom entails. Jesus not only paid the penalty for our sin, He also set us free from the power of sin. So, the Cross is our emancipation from slavery to sin.  

Before salvation we had no defense. We were controlled by the sinful nature with which we were born. But sin’s power was broken on the Cross. Romans 6:14 declares, “sin shall not be master over you.” Although our ability to sin was not completely destroyed, Jesus conquered its power over us. So, if we sin as believers it’s because we choose to sin, not because we’re powerless to overcome the temptation. 

Still, Christian freedom is often misunderstood. It doesn’t mean we do anything we want because forgiveness is available through grace. When we identify with the death of Christ, as we discussed last time, we willingly submit to Him as our new Master. Through obedience to Christ we choose to become “slaves of righteousness.” 

Galatians 5:24 tells us, “Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” Our freedom from sin’s power and a personal agenda enables us to be what He created us to be – bearers of His image. 

It’s impossible to break the power of sin on your own. And according to Scripture, you don’t have to try. Jesus went to the Cross to win your freedom from the penalty and power of sin. 

Are you enjoying the freedom found in Christ? If so, then you can sing the old hymn, “At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light, and the burdens of my heart rolled away, it was there by faith I received my sight, and now I am happy all the day!”