Message – ‘Free at last’ Sunday 24th May Jack Watson

I guess we all look forward to the end of social isolation and when our current lockdown situation comes to an end many of us will already have had thoughts about the first things we are going to do.

Maybe a trip to the cinema, the theatre, a meal in a pub or restaurant, maybe share a beer with some friends; what about coffee and cake in our favourite cafe? A visit to grandchildren, parents, relatives and friends.

Right at this moment don’t we all long for those freedoms? Well, dust off the cover and crack open your bibles and have a look at the following verse from John’s Gospel:

John 8:31-32: The Truth Will Set You Free.

Jesus told the people who had faith in him, “If you keep on obeying what I have said, you truly are my disciples. You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

On August 28, 1963 Dr Martin Luther King stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial before a crowd numbering around a quarter of a million people. That day Doctor King delivered his famous speech “I Have a Dream.” Remember that he concluded that message with these timeless words: “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last.”

In these testing times it’s wise to remember that freedom is certainly not free and that there is always a price to be paid for our liberty. Currently there seems to be precious few signs to the end of our social isolation but it will end and our hard won freedoms will be restored.

Jesus said, “Hold on to my word!” So continue to obey his teaching; stick with it to the end and live by what Jesus says. THEN WE WILL ALL BE FREE!

I look forward to the day when I walk through the doors of the Church and meet again with my church family and it’s on that day that I pray that we will all cry out in unrestrained joy:

“FREE AT LAST! FREE AT LAST!

THANK GOD ALMIGHTY WE ARE FREE AT LAST!”

A big Amen!

Song

Lyrics: Priscilla Jane Owens (1829-1907)

Music: William James Kirkpatrick (1838-1921)

CCL 122217

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