Wednesday, January 20, 2010

How Christ Understands Freedom v. How Americans Understand Freedom

This comes from scholar and pastor Roy Harrisville's commentary on this coming Sunday's Gospel reading, Luke 4:14-21, in which Jesus, after being tempted in the wilderness, reads Isaiah 58:6 and 61:1-2. Harrisville is right on, I think:
Americans are used to the idea of freedom as license to do as one wishes. Jesus, however, understands freedom differently. It is a release from captivity to death, the will of others, and the will of the self. Jesus will preach the freedom of slavery to God's will and service to the neighbor (Luke 22:24-27). Such a definition of freedom can only be grasped from the way Jesus will fulfill the words of Isaiah's prophecy.

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