“Grace to you and peace, from Him who is and who was and who is to come, from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the first-born of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us, and released us from our sins by His blood”
What a joy to meditate on the reality of our release from sin! Every day we need to reflect on the mercy and love of Jesus towards us, setting us free from sin and death, through His death on the Cross. John Bunyan beautifully depicted this experience through Christian’s walk, in Pilgrim’s Progress:
“He ran thus till he came at a place somewhat ascending; and upon that place stood a cross, and a little below, in the bottom, a sepulchre. So I saw in my dream, that just as Christian came up with the cross, his burden loosed from off his shoulders, and fell from off his back, and began to tumble, and so continued to do till it came to the mouth of the sepulchre, where it fell in, and I saw it no more.
Then was Christian glad and lightsome, and said with a merry heart, “He hath given me rest by his sorrow, and life by his death.” Then he stood still a while, to look and wonder; for it was very surprising to him that the sight of the cross should thus ease him of his burden. He looked, therefore, and looked again, even till the springs that were in his head sent the waters down his cheeks.”
So often I hold onto burdens from which the Lord has already released me–things I see in myself that are disappointing, discouraging, and far from perfection. Please join me in continuing to “look and wonder” at the love displayed on the Cross, where Jesus set us free from an unbearable weight!
If you have about 7 minutes, consider watching the video below for a gripping depiction of redemption and release. This is from the 1986 movie, “The Mission” with Robert DeNiro, Jeremy Irons, and Liam Nieson:
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death!”