Breaking of Bondage

The coming of Christ is the bringing of gladness in the midst of sadness. It is the breaking of light in spiritual darkness. It is also the breaking of the spiritual bondage of repression. Christmas is the coming of the ultimate Bondage Breaker!

For the yoke of his burden, and the staff for his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian” (Isa. 9:4, ESV). The verb, “broken” (Heb. chathath, “to shatter”) indicates a causative action (hiphil perfect). The Messiah causes the breaking of the bondage of the Assyrians and Babylonians. The phrase, “the day of Midian,” recalls the day when Gideon and his small number of men (300) broke the 7-year bondage of Israel under the Midianites. As Gideon broke the back of the Midianites, so the Messiah will break the rod of Israel’s oppressors. Hence, the glory of Christ’s coming is the glory of the light of the Messiah that breaks the bondage of His people.

What binds you today? Is it the sin of hateful memories, an unforgiving spirit, or the pride of your possessions? Whatever the sin that shackles your soul, Jesus is your ultimate Bondage Breaker. He can release you from your sin. He can restore your joy in Him. He can nourish your hungry soul. Come to Jesus and find your freedom in Him!

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