Earlier this week, someone sent me a video trailer promoting an upcoming documentary. What I watched stunned me to my core. I’d like to share this video with you here today because this video is a breathtaking picture of Jesus Christ. The implications of what you will see are quite profound. I will explain the video a bit further in a few minutes. Before I do that, however, I’d like to highlight a significant comment that came into this blog earlier this week.
I greatly appreciate each and every comment that readers take the time to post in response to articles that are regularly posted here. I am not always able to respond to each comment, but I’d like to. The commentary is, in my opinion, just as important as the article itself. With that said, I’d like to highlight one specific comment that both humbled me and helped me see something that I found to be eye opening. Here is the comment:
I have spent several hours reading around your blog. It is like a sweet smelling aroma and fresh spring breeze to my heart. You speak of the truths I spent several years researching, studying and praying over for the last 7 years. Especially as to how the Body is to operate and the problems with human authorities within the Body of Christ…This sort of thing is like finding a brother in Christ in a communist country. )
While this comment is flattering to me, I’m not sharing it with you for that purpose. There is something quite profound behind the comment that I want to draw attention to. I know exactly what this reader is saying when she says that she feels like she lives in a communist country and has found another believer in Christ.
She is right.
Spiritual slavery is much more widespread and entrenched than we may think. Totalitarian countries are but a small external shadow of the real enslavement that comes from the world’s systems; including the world’s religious system. Many believers in Jesus Christ who are a precious part of Christ’s bride are still operating behind the ‘iron curtain’ of the institutional system. Sadly, many do not know of the slavery they have been reduced to.
There are many, however, who know they are not free. When those who know they are enslaved catch a glimpse of the freedom of the person of Jesus Christ, one of the first things they realize is that they have been living in a religious prison. Christ also died to set us free from religious cages. Like the commenter above communicated in her comment on the blog, catching a glimpse of the reality of Jesus Christ seemed to be like a “fresh spring breeze” to her heart. The life of ‘spring’ awakens us from the slumber and death of the winter cage we’ve been living in. This was also my reaction to discovering Jesus Christ through the writings and ministries of other brothers and sisters in Christ.
Hearing Jesus Christ truly expressed from brothers and sisters who operate by Spirit is like hearing life giving music that sets us free from the cages of death we’ve been living in. That brings me back to the video that I mentioned at the beginning of this post.
In this video that you are getting ready to watch, you will see a glimpse of the story of a man named Henry. Henry has been living in a physical cage for almost ten years in a nursing home. The reaction that Henry has to his favorite music is a small example of Romans 8:11 which states:
But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. (Romans 8:11, NASB)
Hearing Christ expressed according to the Spirit will have a dramatic affect on our lives and even our ‘mortal’ bodies as the scriptures communicate.
Take a few minutes to watch this video. After hearing the music, Henry even states a profound truth about his identity. You’ll have to pay close attention to catch it:) As you watch, remember that Jesus Christ is the true music that awakens us out of the cages we’ve been enslaved to. He is the one who restores our identity back to who He intended us to be in Himself. The result is life:
For the resurrected & restored life,