"F*** COVID-19"

These are the words I saw spray painted against the side of a ramp in the skate park.

You may call it art or expression, but either way, it is the cry of a young generation who longs for their freedom.

I wonder what kind of emotions accompanied this graffiti.

Anger.

Frustration.

Hopelessness.

Excitement.

No matter how many times humans have been taken captive, they will eventually find a way to be free, whether that includes physical freedom, emotional freedom or spiritual freedom.

I believe everyone longs for freedom, but very few experience true freedom.

Stay at home restrictions may be a kind of captivity for some, but getting to go wherever you want is not true freedom.

The apostle Paul said it is for freedom that Christ set us free.

Jesus told us we will know the truth, and the truth will set us free.

To put this in perspective, Jesus was saying this at a time when the Jewish people were under captivity by the Roman Empire.

Jesus didn't define freedom according to your physical situation, but according to the truth that you know.

"What is truth?" Pilate asked Jesus.

Jesus didn't need to answer with words.

He is the answer.

Jesus is truth.

Jesus sets us free and no matter what restrictions man uses to take us captive, we can never lose our freedom when we know the truth.

Here it is.

We are no longer citizens of this age, but we have been bought with a price.

The price?

The infinitely precious sacrifice of Jesus on the cross of calvary.

The product?

Brand new identities.

We are no longer the captives we once were, but we were set free and seated with Christ in heaven.

Our new address denies the power of any earthly captivity and ensures our eternal inheritance with our Lord.

But this freedom only benefits us when we believe it.

When captivity threatens to confine and contain you in this life, you must reach out your faith and take hold of the words of Christ.

"In this world you will have tribulation, but take heart. I have overcome the world."

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