CHAINBREAKER

John 8:34-36 -“Jesus replied, ‘Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you shall be free indeed.”

Have you ever done something and just simply shook your head, and said “how could I do such a thing?” Have you ever thought something and said to yourself, “why do I have such terrible thoughts?” Or have you ever said something and instantly wished you could take it back? We all have, haven’t we? Why do we think such things, say such things, and do such things? The answer is one we don’t want to hear, but that doesn’t make it any less true. We do the things we do because we are slaves to sin.

We are in chains to our sinful nature. We are born with a sinful nature, and because of that we continually commit sin. We continually think things that we shouldn’t think. We continually say things that hurt people and that hurt ourselves. We continually make bad choices. Many people would say that the Apostle Paul is a “super Christian”. We think of him as a person who lived a really good life, with very little sin. Paul however describes himself another way, he says “I am the chief of all sinners.” And he says the “good things I want to do, I don’t do, and the sinful things I don’t want to do, these are the things that I do.” In other words he recognizes reality, he knows that he too is a slave to sin.

That is the bad news and the bad news is made worse by what else Jesus says. He says “a slave has no permanent place in the family.” We who are slaves to sin, have no permanent place in the family of God. It is a bleak and hopeless picture. It is lifeless. We have no hope. We are slaves to sin and because of that we can’t belong to the family of God. We have a serious, serious problem. Because if we do not belong to the family of God, if we do not have a home prepared for us (see John 14) where will we end up? Outside the family, outside the kingdom, slaves to sin in a place called hell. It is a horrific picture. Many people say that Jesus talked “love, love, love” all the time but here is reality, Jesus is speaking in love here when He tells us that we are slaves to sin, and when He tells us that because of that “we have no place in the family.” That is a statement of love because He loves us enough to tell us the truth. We are in an absolutely hopeless place. We can try as hard as we want to break our own chains but we are slaves to sin. Is there any hope?

I’m glad Jesus didn’t stop when He said “a slave to sin doesn’t have a permanent place in the family.” That is worse than bad news, but He went on to add, “if the Son sets you free, you shall be free indeed.” Jesus has set us free from our sins, now we can belong to the family of God. Will we still sin? Of course we will, Paul did, but through the blood of Jesus ALL of our sins are washed away and we are set free. Paul says in fact “we are set free from the law of sin and death.”

Peter says since you are free don’t use your freedom as a license to do evil. Paul says now that you are free don’t become enslaved to sin again. In other words, Jesus has set you free, He has broken your chains, through Him you are free from sin, from self, from death, from a place called hell. Through Him you are free, so now live your life in that freedom to glorify God, to celebrate Him, and to walk in obedience to Him. After all He has set you free. He is as the song says, “the chain breaker.” So walk in freedom today, for the glory of God.

CHAINBREAKER by Zac Williams
If you’ve been walking the same old road for miles and miles
If you’ve been hearing the same old voice tell the same old lies
If you’re trying to feel the same old holes inside
There’s a better life
There’s a better life
If you’ve got pain
He’s a pain taker
If you feel lost
He’s a way maker
If you need freedom or saving
He’s a prison-shaking Savior
If you’ve got chains
He’s a chain breaker
We’ve all search for the light of day in the dead of night
We’ve all found ourselves worn out from the same old fight
We’ve all run to things we know just ain’t right
And there’s a better life
There’s a better life

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