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Finding Freedom in Jesus’ Death, Burial, and Resurrection

As Easter approaches, reflecting on Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection is important for all believers. Easter is not only a display of God’s power but also a demonstration of His sacrificial love for us. It defies comprehension that the perfect, sinless Son of God humbly came to earth to die so we might live.

Jesus’ Death, Burial, and Resurrection Offers Freedom

 “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”—John 8:36

When Jesus sacrificed His life on the cross, He took the punishment for all our sins. We deserved death and eternal separation from God, but He offered us a relationship through the gift of salvation. 

Because of salvation, we are no longer captive to our sins. Romans 8:1-2 says, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.”  

We can find true freedom from sin through Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. But what does authentic freedom in Christ look like?

What Living in Freedom Means

Consider Galatians 5:13, which says, “For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” 

If our freedom in Christ isn’t freedom to do whatever we want, what exactly does this liberty entail? 

Here are 6 ways we experience freedom from sin because of what was accomplished through Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection.

1  ) Jesus’ resurrection set us free from the penalty of sin.

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”—Romans 6:23

Our sin separates us from God, and there is nothing we can do on our own to restore that relationship. Jesus is the only perfect sacrifice capable of bridging the gap between us and God. On our own, we deserve death. Yet through His death, burial, and resurrection, Jesus took upon Himself the weight of all our sins and set us free (Romans 8:2). His resurrection means we have a living hope and guarantees we will live with Him forever in heaven.

2  ) Jesus’ resurrection set us free from the power of sin.

“But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.”—Romans 6:17-18

Jesus not only took the penalty for our sins but also freed us from the power of sin. We don’t have to let sin control our lives, and we don’t have to live in guilt and shame from our past. Thanks to Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection, we can live in freedom and victory over sin with the help of the Holy Spirit.

Man standing on a rock and looking toward the sun with outstretched arms.

3  ) Jesus’ resurrection gives us the freedom to approach God.

“For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”—Hebrews 4:15-16

Before Jesus sacrificed Himself on the cross, only the high priest could enter the Holy of Holies—God’s earthly dwelling place in the temple—once a year. The priest acted as a mediator between God and the people. When Jesus died, the curtain separating the Holy of Holies from the rest of the temple was torn (Matthew 27:51). This symbolized that there was no longer a separation between God and man. Jesus is now the mediator between God and man, meaning we are free to approach the throne of grace, confess sin, and seek forgiveness.

4  ) Jesus’ resurrection gives us the freedom to live for Him.

“…If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”—John 8:31-32

There is freedom in walking in obedience to God. He did not set guidelines for our lives with the intent to restrain us but rather to provide us with freedom. Because of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection, we are freed from sin to walk in obedience to God’s will for our lives. That means putting off selfish desires and seeking God’s kingdom first (Matthew 6:33).

5  ) Jesus’ resurrection gives us the freedom to love others.

“For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’”—Galatians 5:13-14

Jesus’ death on the cross was the greatest act of love in history. The proper response to such a gift is to express your gratitude and willingness to love likewise. When we love and forgive others, we are demonstrating that we understand how much we have been loved and forgiven.

6  ) Jesus’ resurrection frees us from worry.

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”—Matthew 6:31-33

Since Jesus defeated sin and death and His power lives in us, we have nothing to fear! What a relief to know the one who defeated death is looking out for us. Because of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection, we know nothing is impossible for God. We can trust Him to provide for all our needs.

Takeaway

Living in the freedom given to us through Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection provides us with the greatest sense of joy. Galatians 5:1 says, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” Let’s remember what Jesus sacrificed to ensure our freedom and live wisely.