You're Free To Go!

Saturday, April 28, 2018
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Luke 7:48,50b – Then Jesus said to her, "Your sins are forgiven. … Your faith has saved you; go in peace." (NIV)

One Sunday when I was driving to church, I was stopped by the police … so I thought. I saw those familiar flashing lights and pulled over. Another car pulled in behind me, followed by the cruiser. As I reached for my insurance form, the officer approached my car and said, "You're free to go, ma'am. I've got the one I want," indicating the car behind me.

Those words, "You're free to go", felt exhilarating! After all, for a moment, I had experienced the law of the land bearing down on me through the authority of that law enforcer. I had been held captive by the law — not through my actions, but through the officer's authority. For a moment, I was not free.

Surely, that was a God-designed episode. Shortly, I would be preaching about a woman who heard the same message: "You're free to go, ma'am!" She was the sinful woman who had poured perfume on Jesus' feet during dinner. Jesus released her from the grip of a law that condemned her, and she was grateful. Her newfound freedom came not through her actions, but through the One vested with authority to forgive: God, the One who holds ultimate authority over the laws of the universe.

At the dinner event, however, not everyone realized that Jesus was God's Son and thereby had authority to convict or release whom He wished. The host, Simon the Pharisee, saw himself in that role: God's appointed law enforcer. So, when he spotted the woman with Jesus, he was quick to engage his flashing lights to pull her over. Jesus quickly intervened, declaring to her, "You're free to go, ma'am. I've got the one I want." Simon was the one on the radar.

Jesus had flipped the roles. Simon was pulled over while she drove off. Jesus was now the law enforcer holding Simon in the grip of the law. This Bible story ends with Simon cast as the sinner and the woman as the righteous one. Isn't that just like Jesus — to flip the roles that we designate for each other? "So the last will be first, and the first will be last." (Matthew 20:16 NIV)

Oh, how we crave to identify ourselves as righteous, on the right side of moral truth. But that doesn't get us far on the road of faith. Thankfully, Christ's Spirit pulls us over and convicts us as needed. Perhaps, it's our self-centredness or ingratitude, or our assuming the lofty position of moral judge. Jesus doesn't spare us from the discomfort of conviction and hurt pride. He is helping us to see ourselves more truthfully — as sinners in need of His grace and forgiveness — so that we, too, may hear those exhilarating, liberating words: "You're free to go!"

Prayer: O Lord, give us the humble courage to submit to You whenever You pull us over, that we may experience the joy of Your freeing grace. Amen.

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Paisley, Ontario, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Good word Diane!

    Thanks for sharing, Diane.

    Thank you for today’s devotional, Diane.

    So well done, Diane. Thank you.

    Good morning Diane,
    Thank you for your devotional “You’re free to go”.

    Good Morning!
    This message… So simple but so very wonderful! Thank you!

    We see the splinter in someone else but not the log in our own eye. Thanks for your message, Diane. Good story!

    Hi Diane
    I enjoyed this devotional. I could picture exactly what you were talking about and amazing how it connected with Jesus saying, You are free to go also. I really liked the comparison.
    God bless.

    Well written Diane:
    So often we need to be convicted of wearing our Pharisee hats and let Jesus be the forgiver and liberator of the sinner. He is full of grace and truth and we need to let Him do His work in people’s lives.

    Greetings Diane,
    Thanks for a great devotional this morning. Your analogy describes so well the joy and peace we can receive through God’s grace in forgiving us.
    Blessings for your contributions to the devotionals.

    Greetings Diane of Paisley:
    It is good to “hear” your pen again.
    It has been a hard winter health wise. But, God has kept us busy at church affairs, and this has kept our minds and souls too occupied to worry, as Jesus told us not to do.
    Hopefully, those you love are well and looking forward to summer!

    Great devotional. Amen to your prayer.

    Dear Diane Eaton,
    Your devotional reminds me of: “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:23, 24). Also: “We all like sheep have gone astray, and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6).
    God sure gave you an illustration to add to your prepared sermon that Day!
    May God continue to bless you in doing his work.
    I pray for continued blessings for you.

    Thanks for sharing this with us. Blessings.

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