The freedom that comes from Christ is unlike the freedom we experience on a daily basis. In the US, we have the freedom to do basically whatever we want as long as we do not break any laws. We are free to believe what we want, live where we want, study anything we want, and really become anything we want. We call that freedom. The freedom that Christ gives is much different.
When Jesus gets to Bethany, he begins to see a large crowd of people who have come to grieve with Mary and Martha over the death of their brother Lazarus. He is moved with compassion and even weeps at the loss of this dear friend. Many people begin to question Jesus’ motives and even suggest that if he were there earlier Lazarus might still be alive. Jesus had something else in mind. He wanted to display his power and set Lazarus free. That same freedom is offered to us through Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.
God tends to speak to me through music. I think that I was even born with a song in my heart, and I have been chasing a melody ever since. There is a song by the Zac Brown Band (My Georgia Brothers from another mother). The title of the song is “Uncaged”. It talks about this type of freedom. Our lives get into this cycle of busyness, and at times we are in a cage just running on that hamster wheel and getting nowhere. We need to be freed or uncaged to be the people that God has made us to be. Below is a link to this song. Listen to the words and ask yourself, “Do I need to be uncaged?” God has a great, wide-open ready for us to enjoy and explore. Let God set you free. Imagine the door of that cage swinging open and now you are free to fly.