Free at last!
Tool kit for Freedom Season
April 2 - May 17, 2023
Check out the tool kit below for useful tools for freedom activists. Thrive in the freedom of Jesus, and bless others by helping them experience it too. Whatever else you do during Freedom Season, get clued in to this:
No one in history ever loved freedom more, lived it more authentically, explained it better, or paid a higher price for it than Jesus Christ. And no one else was set free from the world of the dead to keep leading God's freedom campaign in the world of the living.
That's why the icon for Freedom Season is an ancient rock tomb with its entrance open. This is the black doorway to the world of the dead, and Jesus is not in there any more.
If freedom is gold, we find the mother lode in the empty tomb of Jesus. Power holders, oppressors of ordinary people, killed him to stop his freedom campaign. The cross said he was a fake messiah but the resurrection proved he was the real one. Right down to today, his Freedom Declaration stands (Luke 4.18-21) and his campaign rolls on.
If you See Yourself iN Christ (SYNC), you will see yourself more and more as a free person, riding a wave of Jesus-freedom. You will like what you are becoming under the influence of Jesus's Spirit--a freedom activist, an embodiment and an agent of the freedom Jesus declared for the world. It is one way of participating in the campaign Jesus is leading to connect, heal, and bless the world.
Freedom Tool Kit
Personal freedom exercises--choose any or all
Discovering a free life--basics for all campaign team members
Was Jesus really a freedom campaigner?
Jesus had an agenda, and he pushed it. He was on a freedom campaign, though not a political one or a violent one. He was constantly talking about the new state of things, a new era of freedom under the direct reign of God. He kept calling people to "follow him" into this new world.
Unlike John the Baptist, Jesus never called out the political authorities for their ungodly living, but he ripped the religious authorities up one side and down the other. His criticisms finally came to a head in a confrontation in the religious power center, the Temple in Jerusalem (Matthew 21.12-13).
The Temple authorities had made it impossible for foreigners to pray in the Temple by turning the only "foreigners' section" of the Temple into a bazaar for changing money and buying sacrificial animals. Very lucrative. Very indifferent to God's intentions for this area.
Jesus had ignored this ungodly abuse of foreigners on several previous visits to the Temple, but this time he walked in and, acting purely on his own personal authority, he threw the merchants out. This was a liberating act. He was freeing up space for foreigners to pray to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
This was the one and only time in Jesus's entire ministry when he did such a thing. He was pushing the buttons of the religious establishment, going for their jugular, and he knew it. But at this point in the freedom campaign, it was what God wanted him to do.
The establishment reacted first by trying to discredit him publicly with several loaded questions, but that backfired. Finally they got so desperate that they arrested him and had him executed as a threat to the nation's survival. He died for talking like a liberator and a king.
His enemies correctly saw that he was a freedom campaigner, putting himself above the official authorities even though he had no official status at all. The question was not whether he was a freedom campaigner. It is whether he was the one freedom campaigner anointed by God, the Messiah.
And that is still the question for us. If we say yes, we SYNC with his freedom campaign. If we say no, we pity him as a sincere but pathetic fake Messiah, and we back away.