“Then one was brought to Him who was demon-possessed, blind and mute; and He healed him, so that the blind and mute man both spoke and saw.” – Matthew 12:22
Isn’t it remarkable?
Jesus healed a demon-possessed man who was both blind and mute. Jesus freed him from his imprisonment to demons and darkness.
Jesus can free us, too.
In many ways, we all live inside our own prisons. Some prisons may be of our own making, through sin, addictions, and wrong decisions.
Every bad choice we’ve made locks us up in some form of prison. It can be relational, emotional, financial or something else. As a result, we may experience loss of freedom and despair.
The difference between freedom and confinement is found in our answer to the question, “Who is Jesus?”
The Pharisees claimed Jesus was a charlatan or doing the work of the devil. Others realized that He is the Son of God.
Our answer and response to that question – Who is Jesus? – is the most important decision we will ever make.
Jesus came to set us free.
Jesus said, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free” (Luke 4:18).
With his sacrifice, Jesus declared us “Not guilty!” and opened our jail cells.
Will we accept the freedom that Jesus offers and walk through those open doors into his open arms? Or will we remain imprisoned by our sins, our addictions and our wrong behaviors?
God has given us freedom to choose. Let us choose wisely.
[Background photo courtesy Sundown First Baptist Church.]