Christ Releases From the Bondage of the Fear of Death

There is an element of the Gospel that gets little air time. It is best stated in Hebrews 2:15 that Jesus will “deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

There is a lot of talk within Christianity about freedom and liberty. Much of the talk has nothing to do with what the Bible is talking about when mentioning freedom and liberty.

To many, “freedom” means “you can do whatever you want.”

In America we think we’re free. Yet try not paying your taxes. Watch what happens when the government wants to build a highway through your living room. Stop paying your bills and see how free you are.

Freedom is an illusion. You have to serve somebody.

Biblical mentions of freedom and liberty never mean “you can do what you want.” The Bible talks about being servants and slaves. We are no longer servants of sin, but now servants of righteousness.

Either way, you’re a servant. Servants (Greek word is the word for “slave”) are not free. They do what the master says.

Biblical freedom has to do with deliverance from our biggest enemy: death.

Christ sets us free from the bondage of the fear of death. We pass from death unto life, therefore death loses its sting, the grave is victory. We don’t need to fear death and this is a release.

Our entire world is clamoring for life. Me first. Get out of my way; I need to stay alive. Babies come out screaming their heads off for food. Most never stop crying for “me, me, me” their whole life.

The believer doesn’t have to do this. We are dead with Christ already. That’s why we can now use our time and resources to serve others, rather than selfishly serve ourselves.

Love is impossible if you are not released from the bondage to the fear of death. The Gospel sets you free from death. This is freedom indeed.

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