Nearly two thousand years ago he was nailed to the cross and hung up
between heaven and earth. He was falsely accused and had a sham
trial. The man who sentenced him to death said, 'I find no fault in
this man.' FREEDOM IS NOT FREE.
A crowd gathers outside the judgment hall and shouts,
Crucify him.' FREEDOM IS NOT FREE.
Back then criminals carried their own cross to the place of
execution. ' And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called
the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha.'
FREEDOM IS NOT FREE.
Soldiers nailed his hands and feet to the cross. FREEDOM IS NOT
From 9am to 3pm he hung on the cross. Every breath he drew caused
excruciating pain. FREEDOM IS NOT FREE.
The first three hours he spent on the cross were in daylight, and
many people passing by scorned him. FREEDOM IS NOT FREE.
His last three hours on the cross were spent in a supernatural
darkness. During this darkness, God's wrath fell on him who did no
sin. 'He who knew no sin was made sin for us.' FREEDOM IS NOT FREE.
The last words he spoke on the cross were
'It is finished.' What was
finished? His work in suffering was finished so that all who believe
on him might have perfect peace and know their sins forgiven. ' For
Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might
bring us to God.'
This is freedom indeed. This is freedom of the best sort. This is
freedom that will last the longest. For when a few more weary years
go by, and earthly life ends, the joys of heaven will just be
Freedom from the guilt and power of sin is not free. It cost God's
Son terrible suffering on the cross. What is free now is the gift of
eternal life. It is offered to all who will believe in God's Son. 'That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal
life.' 'For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of
yourselves: it is the gift of God.' It is offered freely to all but
only received by those who believe in Jesus Christ.
He died to set us free. Will you decide to receive Jesus Christ as
Lord and Savior so that you might find the freedom that comes only
by knowing him?