Freedom from and freedom for

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By Scott Johnson

“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters, and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk, without money and without expense” (Isa 55:1 VIN)

For most of us, the cost of our home is our greatest asset – our most expensive! Even though we own our home, we have all the monthly costs for taxes, insurance, maintenance, repairs, utilities, etc. Over an average lifespan, this is a considerable sum of money. What about food? The cost of a daily supply of food for a lifetime would also be a very large sum of money. In fact, just think of water costs. The water we drink, the water we use to clean, the water we enjoy, the water that provides energy and many industrial functions — water has a cost. Our shelter, our food, our water, our clothing, our transportation, our medical needs — all have significant costs and the total sum if we put in terms of $$$ would be a staggering amount to say the least!

There is a place and a time, however, when all of these things will be free. There will be no more fees – at all – because the price has been paid! The splendor of these “commodities” will be unmatched and the sustainable supply will be eternal, endless and unchanging! Can you imagine living in a mansion—at no cost? Yet Jesus prepares a lot: Do not let your heart be troubled: you believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I will prepare a location for you. And if I go away and prepare a place for you, I will come back and receive you within me; that where I am, you are also there. (Joh 14:1-3 KJV-BRG) Can you imagine living in a place where food is free? Yet the supply from trees alone is explained by John: And he showed me a pure river of the water of life, clear as crystal, flowing out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of the street of this one, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve kinds of fruit, and yielded its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be there; and his servants will serve him. (Rev 22:1-3 KJV-BRG) Can you imagine having all the fresh water you want – all you want to consume and all you want to enjoy for free? Jesus tells us in his last words of farewell that water is free: I, Jesus, have sent my angel to witness these things to you in the churches. I am the root and seed of David, and the bright morning star. And the Spirit and the bride say: Come. And let him who hears say: Come. And let him who is thirsty come. And whoever will, let him take the water of life freely (without charge). (Rev. 22:16-17 KJV-BRG)

To sum up this truly happy, free and utopian life, Jesus explains: Lay up not treasures on earth, where moth and rust corrupt, and where thieves enter and steal: But lay up treasures (free) in heaven, where neither moth nor rust corrupt, and where thieves neither break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also…. And why take thought for clothing? Look at the field lilies, how they grow; they don’t work, they don’t spin either. And yet I tell you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of them. Why, if God so dresses the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow will be thrown into the oven, will he not dress you much more, O men of little faith? Don’t think about it then, saying: What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, What shall we wear? (For after all these things the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things will be added to you (for free). (Mat 6:19-234 KJV-BRG)

If therefore the Son sets you free, you will be truly free. (Joh 8:36 KJV-BRG) A day is coming when we will be free from sin and death! A day is coming when we will be free to enjoy the treasures, riches and pleasures of life forever – FREE!

Scott and Jane Johnson are ministers with East Faulkner Church of Christ and BRG Bible. Bible questions can be sent to [email protected]

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