DayBreaks for 1/27/20: The Truly Great Emancipator
There is a story, true or not, about Abraham Lincoln and a time he went to a slave market. There he noticed a lovely, young African American woman being auctioned to the highest bidder. He bid on her and won. He could see the fiery anger in the young woman’s eyes and could imagine what she was thinking. Another white man who will buy me, use me, and then discard me.
As Lincoln walked off with is “property”, he turned to the woman and said, “You’re free.”
“Yeah. What does that mean?” she replied.
“It means that you’re free.”
“Does that mean I can say whatever I want to say?”
“Yes,” replied Lincoln, smiling, “it means you can say whatever you want to say.”
“Does it mean,” she asked incredulously, “that I can be whatever I want to be?”
“Yes, you can be whatever you want to be.”
“Does it mean,” the young woman said hesitantly, “that I can go wherever I want to go?”
“Yes, it means you are free and can go wherever you want to go.”
“Then,” said the young woman with tears welling up in her eyes, “I think I shall go with you.”
This is a story of what God has done for us – and what the Christian faith is all about. We’ve been bought with a price. We have a new master, one who, once he paid the price, set us free. Who wouldn’t want to go with such a master?
PRAYER: Thank you, Jesus, that when you set us free, we are free indeed forevermore! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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