The past couple weeks I’ve introduced you to the idea that Jesus didn’t come to save humanity because humanity turned evil or bad, but because humanity became enslaved by evil.
Today, let’s look at some every day practical evidence of the fact of human slavery.
PRACTICAL EVIDENCE FOR TODAY
Those of you who are parents, have you ever noticed that the first several years of your children’s lives are spent primarily on keeping them alive? The thought might make us laugh or cringe, but it’s true, no? I’m not only speaking of infancy either. Your child, once he or she becomes mobile is on the edge of literal death at all times. This is why we baby proof our houses. This is why they can’t be left alone, ever. I tell you, it’s because they were born slaves of an evil slave master who wants to destroy them.
Jesus said it this way: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy…” (John 10:10)
In that verse, “the thief” is Satan. Satan literally stole us from God. He literally took us captive to do his own will (2 Timothy 2:26). In the case of our littles, he wants to kill them. It sounds awful and it is. He doesn’t want the human race to exist.
What about the fact that your children never listen to you? What about the fact that they seem to always be doing the exact opposite of what you’d like them to be doing? I send my kids to the garage to get their shoes on and get in their seat belts in the car. I come to find them running around in their socks on the dirty floor and swinging a steal bat at a tennis ball inches away from my car and each other! Yes, the exact opposite of what I’ve asked them to do. I tell you, this “fact of life” is because they were born slaves of an evil slave master who wants to destroy them.
The apostle Paul spoke of doing what he didn’t want to do. Listen to how he explained this conundrum in himself:
For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am of flesh, sold into bondage to sin. For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate… So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. (Romans 7:14-15, 17).
That “sin” which dwells in Paul, making him do what he doesn’t want to do, is the very orders—the lies—of the evil slave master. Paul’s body has been trafficked by Satan, and as the body is told, it does… against Paul’s very will.
Yes, lets copy Paul and look at ourselves now. Are you ever insecure? Do you ever fear what another person is going to think? Even when you tell yourself not to worry or be afraid or insecure, do you still secretly struggle with those feelings anyways? I tell you, all fear is because we were born slaves of an evil slave master who wants to destroy us and keep us enslaved. Ultimately, we’re scared of what he’s going to do to us through others, through ourselves, or through this world. Fear paralyzes us. Keeps us where we’re at. Keeps us “safe”. And keeps us slaves.
Have you ever told yourself you’re not going to do something and then you end up doing it anyways? Evil slave master! I remember times I promised myself I would not insult or chastise a loved one because of their mistake, and then somehow, when they walked in the room, I couldn’t help saying what I felt anyways! I did what I didn’t want to do. And I regretted it the moment I said it.
How about feelings? Have you ever tried to stop feeling a certain way? I have. And it seemed the more I tried to stop the feeling, the more it grew.
Have you ever stayed angry with someone far longer than you would have liked? Ever kept a habit longer than you wanted? Ever made the same mistakes over and over again?
How about New Years Eve resolutions? Why do we form them? Because we can’t seem to get a handle on the things we want true of our lives! I tell you—because we’re slaves of one who came to destroy us. We do as he wants, not as we want.
We don’t even need to discuss the horrors in the Middle East that have gone down this week alone.
Slavery. All horrific slavery. To evil. To Satan.
I am praying for a mass awakening in humanity to see this. I am praying for eyes to be opened. For hearts to discern. Will you try to notice this pattern in the world this week? In yourself?
When we compare ourselves to outwardly and obviously evil people in the world, its easy to think that we’re not slaves like they are. But can you see how Jesus could come for them too? The Apostle Paul began his life as a murderer of Christians—very truly (Acts 8:1). Until one day Jesus came for him and changed his life… and the very world because of it. Jesus came for him because his beloved child had been taken captive as a slave.
You and I may not have started out as murderers… but the type of slavery we are under does not make our slavery any less slavery. Listen, we are all under different forms of slavery. Our forms of slavery are as different as the people who are enslaved are different. We hate the slavery in another man, woman, or child, and don’t see that we’re slaves too!
Let it be said again—your slavery doesn’t make you or the next guy bad. It makes your slave-master bad. Really bad. Listen to how Paul said it in Ephesians 6:12:
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
There is a war going on over you. In the unseen heavenlies, it is well known that you are highly valuable. When humanity was sold into slavery back in the Garden of Eden, it appeared that Satan won. And in many many ways, it appears he still has!!
But oh… this is where our hope comes in!
Knowing all about our slavery, God sent His only begotten Son to rescue us! Sending an angel in His army to come snatch us from the world couldn’t do it, and wouldn’t have been enough. God Himself had to come, in the form of His Son Jesus. See, as we discussed last week, our origins in Adam, the first man, is the very reason for our slavery. The solution—the rescue from our slavery—needed to come in the form of a new origin for mankind. In other words, man had to be transformed into a new species outside the fallen, enslaved human race.
Hang with me here.
Our slavery is fully tied to the fact that we are in physical human bodies. (I discuss this more in detail in my recent “Prepare the Way” message, which you can watch here.) In Genesis 3:19 God told Adam that the effects of the curse—which explains our slavery—would remain until “you return to the ground, Because from it you were taken; For you are dust, And to dust you shall return.” These bodies were permanently sold under slavery. Escape would only come at their physical death.
That’s why Jesus had to die. Not in order to appease God, but to break our chains!! He took the sin of the whole world upon Himself on the cross. And then he died. In our place. For us. His death was our death.
This is why the resurrection is so profound and significant! Romans 6:4 says that He was raised from the dead by “the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.” Our Adam-originated bodies were substitutionally brought to death, slavery broken. Then instead of being filled with enslaving sin, God filled Jesus with His very glory which brought Him—and by extension, US—back to life… NEW life from a NEW originator of a NEW race for a NEW walk!! See how 2 Corinthians 5:17 says it:
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
WHAT THIS MEANS
Do we know what this means for us? This means that if we’ve believed in Jesus as our new Originator, we have found and arrived at our freedom from our original slave master!!!
My hands are shaking as I write this! It’s so beautiful and bold and wonderful! God loved us so much, He did this for us!! He came as a human baby to break our chains! And you and I can live free now!
Hallelujah! Praise God!!
So this weekend, this week, would you consider seeing the world, those around you, your family, yourself through the lens of being trafficked into slavery? And with this, consider the love of God for us all. You and I can love and have compassion on anyone because they’re slaves just like us. We can forgive anyone because they’re slaves just like us. And we can lavish anyone with acts of love because God did that for all of us by sending His Only Begotten Son to rescue us from slavery.
I end with a challenge. Knowing these truths, our heart toward others, the world, and even ourselves will change—for the wonderful! But we want more than our heart toward others to be filled with love. We want to be set free ourselves, and we want to see the world set free too! Would you send this on to your friends and loved ones today? This news is for all people everywhere. Christian or non-Christian. This isn’t about the messenger—about me. Forget the messenger of the news. But send this info onward! All of us need to see the state we were born in to. We need to see it properly—not a twisted, false form of it… but simply and frankly as it is—as true, real, genuine slavery. Proceeding from this starting point is important because we look beyond ourselves for the answer… we look for the Rescuer! The only solution to our slavery.
Friends—this is why rescue can’t be earned from good behavior. Good behavior is simply a mask on top of our slavery… it fools us into thinking we’re free! Satan wants us in his control, and not living as new creatures in the kingdom of God!
On the other hand, we can find freedom by simple faith in the Freer—in Jesus, in His death, and resurrection on our behalf! Simple faith gives us a totally new origin! Simply being fully persuaded of this hope in Christ, sets you free (see John 3:16, Eph. 2:8-9, Romans 4:5, Heb. 11:1)! God made it ridiculously easy for us. Because He’s so ridiculously GOOD!! And because we were utterly unable to escape slavery any other way.
What if we’ve already believed in the Free-er, Jesus? We need to continue to look beyond ourselves, to HIM, to now ongoing-ly live life from the source of our free, new Originator! Jesus said, “Apart from Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). See, even through we’re rescued we still live in bodies that are of this earth and therefore still bound (see Paul’s struggle with this in Romans 7). BUT, if we walk by faith, moment-to-moment believing in the death and life of Christ on our behalf (Romans 6:11)… we’ll truly live FREE, from Christ our very victorious, free LIFE!!
OH IT IS GLORIOUS!!
Think on these things today. Reread this again if necessary. Share this with others. Start talking about this concept. Test it. See if it is not so.
And look for your Rescuer! He’s amazing. He’s brilliant. He’s glorious. He’s unfathomably kind. Totally loving. Fully compassionate. Incomprehensibly powerful. Always forgiving. He’s good. He’s Light. And in Him there is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5).
He. Loves. You. So. Much.
Seek Him, dear friend! Don’t give up!
In His unfathomable grace and love,