Historically, religion has been used as a means of controlling people–keeping them in their place and forcing them to behave in a particular way.  Jesus came to stop this cycle of futility.  First, he satisfied the justice of God by taking all our failures upon himself and paying the just penalty for our sins and selfishness. Then, he brought about a real change in us — putting his Spirit within us so we would be brand new people — true children of God.

This change gives us a whole new freedom — no longer slaves to sin, no longer under judgement, no longer imprisoned by guilt and shame. Free to call God “daddy” and enjoy fellowship with him forever. Empowered to love his creation and love one another. Free to live with him in close communion as friend and family.  Have you taken up Jesus’ offer to be forgiven and reborn?  Are you free yet?