Sunday, March 22, 2009

Sunday in Lent 4

For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. (Galatians 5.1)

This is one of my favorite Bible verses. The point of bringing the Israelites out of Egypt was not so they could return to bondage. So also, the point of the liberation we experience in Christ is not so we can return to any form of bondage, whether to some law or illusion or addiction or our own fears.

Having been rescued from a deathward path, we ought not to set our feet upon it once more.

If any would seek to turn you toward a religion of rules or a religion of fear, I do not think it is of Christ. Beware.

If we would be free we must learn to stand firm. Let us be firm in our freedom.

As they say of alcohol, so also of the Spirit. Drink responsibly.

Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

--the BB

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