In a country where democracy is young, freedom is not taken for granted. Neither is community and solidarity . . . or great food. Travel with Rasool throughout Argentina as he joins the tables of new friends to discuss life and liberty.
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Fernando got caught up in the drug culture as a youth. It led to a debilitating drug addiction, a destroyed life, and utter hopelessness. One day as he was sleeping on a street corner, a man told Fernando that his underlying problem was sin, and there was only one solution.
What is liberation?
Over 200 years ago, Argentina declared its liberation from Spain in this location—the Plaza de Mayo. In a similar way, Jesus won the ultimate liberation over sin and death for all people more than 2,000 years ago. So what exactly does it mean to be “free in Christ”?
What can street art teach us about freedom?
Buenos Aires is covered with iconic street art painted by artists that gave voice to those who were voiceless. It’s freedom of expression, but it’s also freedom demonstrated by caring for something greater than themselves. We can use our “voice” to share the freedom found in Jesus.
How is Jesus our liberator?
At the southernmost tip of South America in Ushuaia, there is a prison where Argentina’s worst of the worst were sent to spend the rest of their days. Just like a prisoner, many today are locked in spiritual bondage. But Jesus came to set them—and all of us—free from sin’s captivity through His death on the cross.
“I’m not who I once was. I’m a new person.”
Those simple words from my son, spoken to students at a school assembly, describe the change God made in his life. Once addicted to heroin, Geoffrey previously saw himself through his sins and mistakes. But now he sees himself as a child of God.
The Bible encourages us with this promise: “If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 CORINTHIANS 5:17). No matter who we’ve been or what we’ve done in our past, when we trust Jesus for our salvation and receive the forgiveness offered through His cross, we become someone new. Since the garden of Eden, the guilt of our sins separated us from God, but He has now “reconciled us to himself through Christ,” “not counting” our sins against us (VV. 18–19). We are His dearly loved children (1 JOHN 3:1–2), washed clean and made new in the likeness of His Son.
Jesus is innocence found. He liberates us from sin and its dominating power, and restores us to a new relationship with God—where we are free to no longer live for ourselves but “for him who died for [us] and was raised again” (2 CORINTHIANS 5:15).
What does it mean for you to know that a new beginning is possible with God? How can you live as His “new creation” today?
Abba, Father, thank You for sending Your Son to save me, so that I could be Your child. Please send me to someone who needs to come home to You today!