New Sermon series at Morning Worship
The Long Walk To Freedom: How Jesus sets us free from things that enslave us!
For the next few weeks we will be looking at the Old Testament book of Exodus in the morning services. The key word in Exodus is the word, “redeemed”. It basically means to be set free from slavery by the payment of a price. I gave it the title, “The Long Walk to Freedom”, simply because our journey to the freedom God wants us to enjoy isn’t always instant. It is often through struggle and is often a long, long, walk!
The Israelites were enslaved not just by their Egyptian taskmasters and a Pharoah who “knew not Joseph”, but they were also enslaved by thought patterns and little “scripts” within their heads that had been fashioned through their experiences and traumas. Read through Exodus and listen for the responses of the people to the “absence” of God, to the arrival of Moses, and the trials in the wilderness. “God has abandoned us”, “Things are worse since we trusted in you”, “we were better off in Egypt”, “we were wrong to follow you!” All of us live our lives out of scripts that are engrained within our heads. Eric Berne, the founder of Transactional Analysis reduces these to six basic words (each illustrated by a character from Greek mythology). They are “never” (Tantalus), always (Arachne), until (Hercules), after (Damocles), almost (Sisypus), and what! “I never get what I want!”, “It never works out for me!”; “Why does this always happen to me?” “I always mess up!”; “I can’t until I’ve done this or that”, “I can’t until this happens”; “I’m the kind of person who almost gets there but never does!” “I don’t know what to do!”. These (and many more) are little negative scripts that can rise up from within us to make the journey to our freedom in Christ longer that it might be.
However, there is a bigger and better script or story! Its bigger and better because its true! It’s God’s story, God’s script of deliverance, redemption, and freedom. Every year at Passover time, Jewish families gather around the table for the Passover family meal, and each night in every home a child asks, “Why is tonight different from all other nights?” The father then begins to tell the Story again of God bringing them out of slavery. That Story was to be the central controlling story of their lives. They were to live their lives in and out of that Story. For us the Story is even bigger, better and truer. Jesus is our Passover Lamb, our Moses, our God sent Deliverer, our Redeemer from slavery. To hear again the story of Exodus is to be called to the freedom Jesus wants us to enjoy, and to learn about the faithfulness of God amidst the struggles to get there! The power of God’s story applied to our hearts by His Spirit can convert the negative scripts in positive ones, reminding us that He will never leave us or forsake us, that He is always with us, that we can do all things through Him who gives us strength, that we have a Redeemer! Hearing His Story again and the stories of those who have found freedom through Him can take us further down that long road to the freedom He wants and has purchased for us all.
This is my Story, this is my song
Praising my Saviour, all the day long
This is my story, this is my song
Praising my Saviour all the day long