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Freedom of Choice

 

John 8:36 - "If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed."

God is love. That is His character. Out of His love He created all living beings. Life comes only from God; He is the source of life. Here on earth, man was the crown of God's creation. Man was created in the image of God. God gave to the human race high mental faculties; among them, the power of reasoning and the capacity to correspond with love to the love of the Creator, out of a free will. That from the divine spring of love, without force and coercion, all creatures will serve Him. Freedom of choice was a great risk; but for sure, there is no love when the depending person is deprived of exercising his free will within the laws of life.

Adam and Eve fell down from God's appointed position for disobeying the express command of their Creator. They were created free will human beings. With love God gave them His law for their preservation and peace, and they chose to brake it, and to obey the master of death, because the usurper cannot give life. At once, the hard hand of sin and of the new boss was on their shoulders with sorrow, misery and death. The government of freedom and love was gone.

Thousands of years went by, and mankind felt, most of the time, the oppression of their rulers. God called Abraham to raise a nation of believers in Him, which could become the children of God. In time they grew up in numbers, but fell down into slavery. The hand of Pharaoh came hard upon the house of Jacob; and they cried unto the Lord. Amid wonders and signs, and with a strong hand, God delivered Israel from the bondage of the Egyptians.

The Lord made provision for the deliverance of His people. "They shall take ...every man a lamb ..." Exo.12:3. "And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it." Exo. 12:7. "For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the first born in the land ... and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you ..." Exo. 12:12,13. This was a night of liberation, a night of believing and choosing: the first Passover. The blood on the door stood for obedience to the Almighty, and even protected any Egyptian who believed in the God of Israel and came inside to find mercy and life. Moses was chosen to lead the armies of the Lord out of that bondage into the Promised Land.

After Moses came Joshua who advised the people about the consequences of being faithful, and the consequences of forgetting the Lord: "Choose you this day whom ye will serve ... but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." Joshua 24:15. Even in Israel, under God's government, salvation and belonging was a matter of choosing to love, to obey and to serve the Lord. Otherwise it was idolatry, serving another god. For times, Israel was loyal to God, and for times they went behind the idols of the land, until they saw themselves far away from the Lord under the hand of their enemies.

One Sabbath day they heard the voice of One sent from God: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised." Luke 4:18. The Savior was here, in human flesh, to show the love of God to the lost race. The hungry was fed, the blind received his sight, the sick was healed, the sinner pardoned and restored to God's grace, the dead brought back to life. Who could do that? Only the Divine One, who was One with the Father. John 17:21. During His ministry of three and half years, Jesus made known to His followers that "If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed." John 8:36. In the country of the Gadarenes was a man possessed by the devils, out of his mind, living among the tombs as a miserable slave of the powers of darkness. Jesus went to this man and set him free. Mark 5:1-13. As Jesus sits now in the last hour of the judgment above, He wants to set free the whole mankind who is under the slavery of the darkness that covers the world today.

When at the beginning of His ministry Jesus said: "The time is fulfilled" Mark 1:15, He was referring to Daniel 9:25, where the computation of the time until the Messiah the Prince was coming to 27 AD, year in which Jesus was baptized and began His ministry. In the middle of the week or of the 3½ years, "shall the Messiah be cut off" and "he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease." The fulfillment came in the spring of 31 AD when Jesus was crucified. He was the Lamb of God and His sacrifice was to end all animal sacrifices. The disciples continued confirming the covenant with the Jews until the end of the seventy weeks in the year 34 AD; then the gospel began to go to the Gentiles.

There was a time when the cup of salvation was trembling in the hands of the Savior; the fate of the human race and of the earth depended on the decision taken by the soon to be offered Lamb of God. Jesus humanity was trying to refuse the agony of the ordeal. The Father had separated His face and voice from the One carrying the sins of the world. He could not find a little bit of praying support from the sleeping disciples, and all alone prostrated upon the ground and clinging to the cold rocks cried to God: "O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt." Matt. 26:39. The sins of mankind were so heavy on Jesus shoulders that He felt an awful separation from the Father; "his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground." Luke 22:44. Such was the mental agony in the mind of the Savior. Looking to the coming humiliation, the bloody ordeal, the pain and the hanging on the cross, His anguish rose to the point of an excruciating death.

He was the Majesty in heaven, One with the Father; at any point He could use His divine powers and liberate Himself, leaving man to perish. He was free to choose. But in Christ heart was love to His creation, love to this human race, which had no other way to liberate itself from the kingdom of sin and death. He decide to go through with the liberation at all cost: the provocative humiliation, and the giving of His blood and His life on the cross. He said: "O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done." Matt. 26:42. Jesus was already experiencing "the three days and three nights in the heart of the earth." Matt. 12:40. That night, as they went out from the garden of Gethsemane the mob came to grab Him.

And on that Passover Friday, the Messiah gave His blood and life to redeem the human family. Christ atoning blood was to look back to atone for the sins of Adam, and the sins of David. Christ atoning blood was to look forward to atone for the sins of Peter, your sins and my sins, and for every penitent sinner that comes to Him. And from there on, that great hope, the spirit of freedom in Christ, has gone to all corners of the earth. Liberty in Christ must not be confused with libertinage, unrestrained living, which is slavery to sin and death. In Christ, the believer receives grace and power to obey the law of liberty, the Ten Commandments. James 2:10. The law does not save. It is Christ by the grace of God who saves the sinner. Once you are saved you keep the law as a response of love to God. That is the summary of God,s will, love to God and love to your neighbor. On judgment day the Lord's grace will find that believer free to enter the kingdom of God.

During the Middle Ages were untold battles upon the freedom of choice. The religious powers at the time made it a crime to believe and to practice the simple rules of the gospel of the Lord JesusChrist. Persecution, torture, and death were behind whoever chose to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience. History is a witness.

The yearning for freedom grew stronger as the knowledge of the Word of God spread out among the people. One day they heard of a land of freedom and opportunity, in the West; and they came to enjoy the blessings of liberty in a country without a king and in a church without a pope. Here, it was a power with horns as a lamb, coming out of the earth. Rev. 13:11. The beast had two horns, most likely to indicate two separated powers in this nation, the civil power and the religious power. Those who were fleeing the persecutions of the old countries found in America a land which protected the inalienable rights of the conscience and a government which recognized that man's relation to God is above human legislations.

But, for how long will freedom ring? The prophecy adds that the power with horns like a lamb is going to change his character: "and he spake as a dragon." Rev. 13:11. When that happens, Rev. 13:12-17 will be fulfilled. Women won't have freedom of choice. Men won't have freedom of choice either. Many apocaliptic prophecies will come to pass, engolfing the earth with disasters and destruction, to awaken those who slumber. For the last time you have to choose; one choice is eternal life, the other is eternal death. One is for the kingdom of love with obedience to His commandments, the other is for the kingdom of the lost with obedience to the earthly powers. When the last choice is made, the Judgment closes, Christ stands up, and the verdict goes forth: "He that is unjust, let him be unjust still ... and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still ..." Rev. 22:11. The end is coming with the seven last plagues and the Second Coming of Christ.

A word for the last days...
After His ascension, our Lord began His work as our high priest... The blood of Christ, pleaded in behalf of penitent believers, secured their pardon and acceptance with the Father... The cleansing of the sanctuary... involves a work of investigation--a work of judgment. This work must be performed prior to the coming of Christ to redeem His people; for when He comes, His reward is with Him to give to every man according to his works. Maranatha, p. 248.

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