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Sermon I Preached At Calvary, Bunkie, This Morning: Christ Offers Us Freedom From The Captivity of Sin

Sermon – Proper 9, Year A
Calvary Church, Bunkie, LA
July 6, 2008

Romans 7:15-25a
Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

It is good to be with you again at Calvary.  When we look at today’s lessons, we are given some different ideas about freedom than those which normally come to mind during a 4th of July weekend.

Often, we think of freedom as the ability to do what we want.  The mere ability to make choices.  However, it is much more than that, and even the founding fathers of our country knew that.  Freedom also means to be free of undue burdens.  One of the main causes of the American revolution was to be free from unfair and undue tax burdens.  Another was the freedom to trade with others.  Freedom to just make a living.  Freedom to make one’s way in the world.  Or, as the Declaration of Independence puts it, freedom is “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”  Freedom is not just a freedom to do, but a freedom from those things that would prohibit us from making our way in this life.

Our Lord understands this, perhaps better than we can imagine.  In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus says, “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”  What Jesus is saying to us here is that following Him is easier than not following Him.  How can that be?  We just heard in recent weeks of picking up our cross and following Jesus, and that certainly didn’t sound easy.  However, you can’t consider the cost of following Jesus in a vacuum.  Jesus provides us with true freedom, including the freedom that Paul is seeking in today’s Epistle reading.
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