Matthew 20:17-19: “Now Jesus was going up to Jerusalem. On the way, he took the Twelve aside and said to them, ‘We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!’”

Death usually comes unannounced; however, some of us know when they’re going to die. People with terminal illnesses can relate to Jesus’s prediction of His own death. The only difference being: Jesus voluntarily signed up for the way He would die. It was a sacrifice He made.

Jesus didn’t die to prove a point. It was His gift to mankind and the greatest gift to give: the gift of freedom from slavery.

At some point in history people came up with a system that puts one group of humans above another group. Part of the human race was then considered subhuman. This mindset has never entirely left the human race, and it made the world a much colder place. One of the major dehumanization aspects of mankind is slavery. Slavery is a curse, a cancer that lashes back and grows tumors all over human society.
Disrespect reaps a bitter harvest!

How do we eliminate cancerous ulcers? Surgeons use the knife to cut out the cancer cells. More cancer treatments are applied to ensure those cancer cells won’t return. However, even the most radical approach cannot give us any guarantees that dormant cancer cells won’t reactivate.

Jesus died to remove the cancerous ulcers of slavery from humanity. He came to redeem us from ourselves and to reestablish human-kindness. And it worked. Nothing is impossible for God, except for one thing: God cannot betray His own values and enslave us to Him. God will never be a slave owner. God creates. In all creative pursuit freedom is mandatory. That’s why there is free press and free arts. It’s the freedom of expression that makes each art work unique. God gave us artistic license, and He will never take that back.

In the same fashion, even though Jesus died to set us free, God will never force freedom down our throat. By doing so we would no longer be free.

Freedom is a gift that keeps on giving, once we’re on board with God. Freedom redeems an unhealthy mindset. Freedom teaches us to respect other people’s boundaries. Freedom creates life, love, and laughter. Freedom awakes creativity. As much as slavery dehumanizes us, freedom makes us human. Freedom makes us thankful looking back. What a nightmare to be trapped! What a glorious awakening of our soul once we’re on the side of freedom.

Freedom of choice is where freedom starts. Choose life!

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