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3 Ways Jesus Used His Freedom

Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. 1 Peter 2:21 (NIV)

The Son of God is seated at the right hand of the Father. People with great power normally use it to make their lives more comfortable. Jesus used His freedom to make a different choice.

Jesus did not deceive
He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth (2:22).

When Jesus stood before Caiaphas, and the high priest said to him, “Tell us if you are the Christ.” Jesus said, “Yes… [and] you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven” (Mat. 26:64)! Telling the truth can get you into serious trouble. The pressure to use lies and deception to save your own skin can seem overwhelming. But Jesus did not hide the truth, even from His enemies.

Jesus did not retaliate
When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate (2:23).

The soldiers dressed up Jesus in a robe, gave Him a reed for a scepter, and a crown of thorns, spitting on Him and mocking him: “Hail, king of the Jews” (Mark 15:16-20). Think of what Jesus could have done. One word from Christ and the armies of heaven could have turned Jerusalem into a wasteland. But when they hurled insults at him, He did not retaliate.

Jesus did not threaten
When he suffered, he made no threats (2:23).

All judgment has been entrusted to the Son. He will decide the eternal destiny of every person who has ever lived. He could have threatened hell, fire, and damnation, but He made no threats.

Where could you use your freedom to make a different choice?

Colin Smith is senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church, a multi-campus church located in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, and president of Unlocking the...

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