Monday, November 30, 2015

Ellul: Christ the only free man

Monday, November 30, 2015
    Feast of Andrew the Apostle
    [Jesus:] “The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”
    —John 10:17-18 (NIV)
    We know God fully only in Jesus Christ. Now Jesus Christ is free, and this—but only this—enables us to speak with complete assurance of the freedom of God. The Gospels clearly show that Christ is the only free man. Free, he chose to keep the law. Free, he chose to live out the will of God. Free, he chose the incarnation. Free, he chose to die. Note the emphasis on choice. Choice is the most tangible expression of freedom.
    ... Jacques Ellul (1912-1994), The Ethics of Freedom, William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1976, p. 51 (see the book)
    See also John 10:17-18, Ps. 51:12; Isa. 61:1-3; John 8:32-36; 2 Cor. 3:17; Gal. 5:1,13;
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You freely give.
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