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Do You Want Freedom and True Joy?

Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

This is the simple truth that was overshadowed in Genesis 3. God’s goodness and truth were traded for moral autonomy – the chance for man to be his own god. The serpent undermined Eve’s view of God, leading her to question God’s loving boundaries. The cost of moral autonomy was and is great. Banishment from the garden and the Tree of Life, physical and spiritual death, toil and pain continue to this day.

As Americans, we talk a lot about freedom, but we rarely pause to give any definition to the word itself. What do we mean by freedom? Is freedom the just rule of law, or the lack of all rules?

Adam and Eve had freedom in the Garden to eat of every tree except one. They had the freedom of trusting in a loving God who had created them to enjoy His presence. Instead, they chose freedom from God and His rule – both His sovereign rule and His single command. They wrongly saw freedom in moral autonomy. Instead, they subjected themselves to the serpent – an animal over which Adam had been commanded to rule. The power structures of the world were turned upside-down (God>Man>Serpent became Serpent>Man>God).

This is where we find ourselves today. Our hearts (yours and mine) long for moral autonomy – the right to make our own rules. We want to be like gods. We desperately believe that we will only find true joy when we rid ourselves of the rule makers in our lives, especially if they disagree with our moral vision. This is the very heart of sin. It is a rebellion against God’s right as our Creator to rule our lives. We have declared our own sovereignty within His territory, making us His enemies. And for this, He has every right and obligation to punish us as traitors.

We are traitors and fugitives. There is no freedom for traitors and fugitives. Traitors and fugitives live in the shadows. They don’t show their face in public. They fear being exposed, and often strike out violently against those who threaten to blow their cover. Does this sound like your heart? In your search for freedom, have you found hopelessness instead?

This is where the good news comes in, and it’s free. On the cross, Jesus paid the penalty for our rebellion. He stood in our place, so that we could stand before God in his place. God’s justice and wrath were poured out on Jesus in place of all who give up their rebellion and see that he is their only hope. His resurrection guarantees the verdict, and grants freedom to rebel captives. Do you want freedom and true joy? This is the only place you will find it! Confess your rebellion and look to the Savior! Delight yourself in the Lord!


The Story of Our Lives is God’s

This is a great song by a friend of ours called “White Page.” As good as the song is, the video is even better. Check it out.


The Silence of Saturday

I have always wondered about the silence of that Saturday Sabbath that followed Jesus’ crucifixion. For a day, the world stood still and waited in a state of breathless anticipation. Would the horror of Friday be the end? Was God dead?

The disciples hid in the upper room, fearing they would meet the same fate as their master. The rest of the city went about their usual Passover week Sabbath practices. The priests were likely anxiously awaiting the end of the Sabbath so they could mend the torn curtain of the Temple. The Sanhedrin celebrated the removal of another threat to their power. Jesus’ body lay lifeless in the grave. It was a silent Saturday.


Death Had Now Consumed Him

Torn the temple curt’n in two

The blood paid full the price

The death of God had paid the dues

That men might receive life

The restoration thus begun

Creation groaning loudly

The Father killed the only Son

For men who looked on proudly

Died he the death that we deserve

The Father’s wrath poured out

The gavel struck, the court adjourned

The soldiers took him down

His body laid inside a tomb

With no time to embalm him

The one proclaimed “King of the Jews”

Death had now consumed him