Today is Good Friday. Therefore, for Freedom Friday this week I am not going to be profiling any particular ministries, charities or organisations for their great work to abolish trafficking and slavery.
Rather, I am going to very simply profile the greatest Abolitionist of all-time –
He is the ultimate chain-breaker. The only One who can set us free from slavery to sin, the grip of guilt and the clutches of death. By the blood that He shed on the cross He ransomed us from our dead, futile former lives, liberating us to a life of abundance and eternal significance. As Christians who wage war on slavery and exploitation, everything we do is simply a pale reflection of what Christ did for us on the cross – redeeming us to be people of freedom. We fight, we prevail and we don’t quit in our quest for freedom, because Christ fought, prevailed and didn’t give up on securing our freedom at Calvary.
I could write for hours about Jesus the Great Abolitionist. But I won’t. Rather I’ll let Scripture do the talking:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.” Luke 4 v 18-19
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10 v 45
“you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.” 1Peter 1 v 18-19
“Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree’” Galatians 3 v 13
“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5 v 1
“To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” Revelation 1 v 5-6
Enjoy the grace and freedom of the cross guys.