“I have come that you may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10)
God. God who is the Creator and God who will one day hold everyone accountable.
To modern day Americans who values self-discovery, freedom, and independence, the entire concept of God seems so oppressive, so restrictive, so un-American.
We don’t like the idea of having to answer to anyone. As long as we are not hurting anyone, we should be free to dictate what is right for our own selves. So how does the concept of God even fit in the modern world anymore?
That’s a fantastic question. But there is one major flaw to this way of thinking. We are free to choose but we are not free from the created order of things. We are not free to reject gravity. We are not free to reject cause and consequences.
Fish are restricted to water. But water is the only environment fish are free to flourish. Outside of water, outside that environment, fish die.
That is the way with us. God’s rule and kingdom is the only environment where human beings can flourish. It is within the bounds of God’s laws that we can find true freedom to flourish.
- You shall have no other gods before me
- You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them
- You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God
- Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy
- Honor your father and your mother
- You shall not murder
- You shall not commit adultery
- You shall not steal
- You shall not give false testimony
- You shall not covet
God’s laws are given to us, not to restrict us, but to free us so we can flourish in the world God has created. It is when we submit and subject ourselves to the rule of God that we are truly free. Freedom without God is not freedom at all. Freedom without God’s laws entraps, enslaves, and ultimately kills.
Life is found in Christ and Christ alone.
That’s the meaning of Christmas. That’s why Christ came. Jesus tells us, “I have come that you may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10).
Friends, may you discover freedom as you submit to Christ.
Happy Advent! Let us prepare ourselves for the reality of Christ.