Last week we celebrated our national independence and the freedoms we enjoy as citizens. On Sunday we examined ideas around freedom and bondage. Jesus expressed some of the same ideas, but used the term ”yokes” to describe some of his ideas about bondage. Another issue Jesus faced was the way people critiqued and judged him versus John the Baptist. He drank and partied with sinners, where John was much too severe. What people see is usually superficial. What Jesus wanted was for his followers to understand his deeper freedoms and mission. As we move toward Jesus, it is important to remember he is still trying to create and give you freedom.

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