Christians live in an interesting paradox; a situation that defies logic or reasoning. After the resurrection at Easter we know the sacrifice was complete and we celebrate because the victory belongs to us. Jesus died with our sins on his back. We were guilty and deserved punishment and yet the punishment didn’t fall on us it fell on him. So we are forgiven in Christ and we have the advantage of a new life. The problem is that we are still a sinful people. We strive to do our best but fall short time and again. This vicious cycle of sinner and saint is one that we struggle with daily.

This vicious cycle if never understood or learned to live in, can lead us to the place where we start to hang on to our sin, and we drown in guilt, shame and remorse. Christ has set us free from sin, guilt, remorse and shame but we return to it time and again and allow it to hold us down as prisoners.

We are guilty people but through Christ we are made guilt-free, or least we are supposed to be (I hope that doesn’t make you feel guilty). Christ died so that we could be set free from all the baggage that weighs us down. It is almost as if we like to hold on to the baggage because we believe we can handle the weight. You might be doing this right now, and doing a pretty good job, feeling like it is all under control. Let me tell you one thing, it is not under control. If you have baggage that you are holding on to, it is like saying Jesus resurrection was good but not good enough. If Christ can raise from dead, can’t he also free you from past mistakes, hurts and sins? The power of the resurrection means that we don’t have to hold on to it anymore, so why continue to be weighed down by all that old stuff. You are free from sin and free to live the new life in Christ.

If you identify that you are holding on to past mistakes or regrets, I want you to take a moment (Please don’t wait any longer) to either talk to a trusted friend and share your feelings or take a moment in prayer and talk to God about the way you feel. The good thing about talking to a trusted Christian is that you can audibly hear the words of forgiveness proclaimed once again. But if no one is around and you are talking to God, then trust in His Word that says, “But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” Trust in that message today and be free from sin!

A couple of questions for you this week:

1. What images come to mind when you think or hear the word slavery?

2. Read John 8:34. Are you a slave? How does it make you feel?

3. Read Romans 6:6. Are you still a slave?

4. So if we are free in Christ and we have been freed by sin, why do we allow guilt and shame to take control?

Let me know what you think. Have a great week!