Thought for the Week

- March 29: Freedom!

Good morning everyone, to a long awaited day of freedom!

 

In England we are now free from the requirement to “stay at home”. We are free instead to now “stay local”, giving freedom for us to go a little further away, to see special places and most importantly to meet with special people. We are now free to gather outside in groups of six people or two households and to play sport.

 

This freedom has come at a cost. A lot of very hard work by a lot of people involved in the vaccination programme and everyone following the rules, minimising infections.

 

At the beginning of Holy Week it is good to remember and celebrate the freedom we have in Christ. Through His free grace we have been come to know the truth of the gospel and we have been set free from the power and penalty of sin. In Christ we have been set free from sin’s hold on us and from its final destiny - death itself.

 

But this freedom too came at a cost – at the cost of the blood of Jesus poured out on the cross at Calvary. It is good that we have the opportunity this week to remember what our freedom cost Jesus and for us to give Him our love and adoration.

 

“To Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve His God and Father – to Him be the glory and power for ever! Amen.” Revelation 1:5b & 6

 

May I encourage you to read through one of the gospels this week to remember and give thanks for Jesus’ journey to the cross. Our building at Winner Street is open on Good Friday morning from 10.30am to 11.30am where you will have an opportunity to pray and reflect in both silence and with the Easter songs being played.

 

Our Government is asking us, quite rightly, not to abuse our new freedom but to be wise and to keep the spirit of the law, not bending the rules. In the same way Jesus wants us not to abuse our freedom to satisfy the desires of the old sinful nature but instead, knowing what it cost Him to live by the Spirit, serving on another in love.

 

“Freely you have received, freely give” Matthew 10:9

 

God bless you, Pastor Stephen