Thursday, May 9, 2013

The Comic Book Liberation Festival

Once a year comic books are finally liberated. They are freed from their shelves, their cost, and their storefronts. They can be freely taken home to join a family of their own.

They finally get to enjoy what they had always been meant for, to be read.

Sadly, this does not happen for all comic books. But, just the certain amount that have been chosen for that year.

God's grace is like this. Although, Christ's sacrifice only needed to happen once (as opposed to yearly), it liberates us (past, present, and future tense). We are freed from our bondage to sin, our curse of death, and the lordship of the Devil. We know that one day, we too will be freely taken home to join our eternal family in praise.

We get to enjoy what we had always been meant for, to lovingly worship God and the companionship of each other.

Wondrously, this gift has been given to all of us. There is no limited amount that have been chosen. We all have been hand selected. The deal was once and for all. Sadly, some people don't get that. They put up barriers. They walk away.

Although we know, any person who has been torn up, dirtied, and dumped in the garbage pile is still worthy to be taken home because they are liberated and free, they don't get it.

Or, there are people in pristine condition, signed, and wrinkle-free who choose to stay up on the shelf in fear of being ruined and read. They just don't get it either.

"One gives freely, yet grows all the richer;
another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want."

Ironically, faith is something none of us will really be able to completely understand either. But, we do know that we can trust and continue to believe. And, through the power of the Gospel, that continues to set us free...

Free to cling to Christ.

"We have received not the spirit of the world,
but the Spirit who is from God,
that we might understand the things freely given us by God."

"Thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, having been
set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness...

For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. ..But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Now, freely give as He has freely given.

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