Set Free!

This past week I watched as a family was reunited with of an abducted four-year-old. They cried. They smiled. They rejoiced. It was an amazing story of deliverance. I cannot imagine the terror of having a child you love kidnaped. I also can’t imagine the feeling of gratitude and joy of being reunited—but I was able to witness it.  The four-year-old girl excitedly said, “I’m going home!”

This story is a picture of salvation for us. Paul said in 2 Timothy 2:26 that sinners were “captured by [the devil] to do his will.” Jesus said we become a “slave of sin” (John 8:34). The analogy of being captured—or held against our will in bondage—is used often for sin.

But we can be rescued. Paul said, “…through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:1–4). He wrote earlier to the Roman brethren, “…thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness” (Romans 6:17–18). We are rescued from captivity.

That means we should all react with the same ­inexpressible joy and excitement the young girl and her family did. Being set free from the captivity of sin is the greatest rescue event of your life. And we should also feel that way every time someone rises up out of the water of baptism—because they have been delivered from ­captivity. Rejoice over the freedom we are witnessing!