My last morning at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries’ Summer Institute, where we’ve been circling around the topic of “Freedom” through various permutations all week.
The prophet Isaiah publishes salvation in my morning reading, chapter 52:
“Shake yourself from the dust and arise;
be seated, O Jerusalem;
loose the bonds from your neck,
O captive daughter of Zion.
. . .
Break forth together into singing,
you waste places of Jerusalem,
for the LORD has comforted his people;
he has redeemed Jerusalem.”
He frees from prison. He frees from slavery. He frees eyes from blindness and ears from deafness. He frees tongues from speechlessness and feet from paralysis. He frees the dying and the dead from death itself.
Here I’ve been surrounded by freed ones. All of us partially released, all of us waiting for the Final and Forever, living in the Not Yet of the Already Accomplished. We’re a diverse bunch, but we share in this Most Important thing.
He sees us clearly: all our warts and weaknesses and wrongdoing, our foolish fears and our deliberate disobeying. He knows us. And knowing worse of us than we even know of ourselves, He loves us, even to the point of death on a cross.
Constrained by His love, dead in His death and made alive through His life: we stand free, being formed more and more into the Likeness which we were made to bear.
We share His call: to proclaim liberty to captives, the opening of prisons, the disintegration of chains. Release.
Joining Lisa-Jo Baker and her Friday flash-mob of writers on today’s prompt: release. The button above will take you to her site, where you can read more about it and join in yourself.
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