by Steve Wagers

It's Time to Break Free
Steve Wagers
Luke 13:11-17


One of the greatest blessings, of the Christian life, that I have found, is the freedom we have through the atoning work of Christ. We are not bound by denominations, affiliations, or participations; but, we are free, completely, in the person of Christ.

In fact, this is a Biblical truth that is revealed frequently in scripture. Jesus spoke of this in John's gospel, and said, "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." He went on to say, "If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed." In Romans 8, Paul spoke of this freedom, and said, "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death." And, again, the great apostle spoke of this in his letter to the Galatians, and said, "Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage." Thus, it the blessed reality of the believer that he is made free with Christ, by Christ, and in Christ.

I think of John Newton, who as a young man, ran away to sea, following his father, to become a slave trader. He was so wicked, and ungodly, that even the natives disowned him, and banished him. He, himself, was sold to a Negro lady, and sank so low that he lived on only crumbs from her table and on wild yams dug at night. His clothing was reduced to a single shirt, which he washed in the ocean everyday.

He sought to escape that native captivity, and on his way home to England, he read Thomas a'Kempis's work, "The Imitation of Christ." God began to grip his heart, and John Newton, the writer of Amazing Grace, was born again.

In the church of London, of which he pastored, there is still an epitaph which John Newton wrote for himself. It reads:

'Sacred to th ...

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