“It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1, NASB)
I once heard Pastor Alejandro Bullon say in a sermon that the difference between God and Satan is that God wants to lift us up, and the devil wants to push us down and step on us. I have found this to be true in my own life. At my lowest point, I felt completely insignificant and unlovable. I felt like nothing I said or did mattered, because I didn’t matter. Knowing that God and my family loved me didn’t seem to make any difference in my state of mind.
I now recognize that every time I felt the message that I was worthless pushed into my mind, it was exactly what the devil wanted me to think.
Jesus, on the other hand, has a different way of seeing me. When I was down, He lifted me up. When I felt unlovable, He professed His love for me. And as much as the devil wants to make us feel bad about ourselves, the truth is that we are priceless in the eyes of the One who loved us enough to die in our place.
This is the essential difference between Christ and Satan. Christ is about selfless love, while the devil is about self-love. That’s it. People say that it’s irrational to believe in Jesus. But what’s really irrational is to choose to ally with someone who hates you over Someone who loves you.
The devil claims that God wants to oppress us. That is the most absurd, sinister, and hypocritical statement ever made. The truth is that he is the one who wants to oppress us. Consider what happens to someone who is demon-possessed. We read in Matthew 9:32 and 12:22 about demon-possessed men who were mute, and the latter was also blind. In Matthew 8:28 we read about two demon-possessed men who were living in tombs and were so violent that no one could pass by anywhere near them. In Mark 5 and Luke 8, the demoniac was naked, living in a cemetary, cutting himself with stones, filthy, and screaming at the top of his lungs. Make no mistake: this is what the devil does to people when he has complete control over them. How is that liberating? On the contrary, it is oppression in it’s cruelest form. That is the existence the devil wants for us. He accuses God of doing what he himself actually longs to do.
Now consider what became of that man when Jesus came into his life. Mark 5 says that when the townspeople came to see what had happened, they found the formerly demon-possessed man calmly seated, clothed, and in his right mind, and “he went away and began to proclaim in Decapolis what great things Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed” (verses 15, 20).
So you see, Jesus is the real Prince of freedom, not the other way around. Jesus is the One who loves you. He is so committed to you that He left untold glories to become a human being on this earth, live a sinless life, suffer persecution, and die in your place, so that you wouldn’t have to be a slave to the devil and sin any more. “So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36)! Jesus said that He, the Truth, would make us free (John 14:6; 8:32). He laid down His life for you, and He took it back up again to live forevermore (John 10:17-18). “Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 7:25).
Don’t believe the lies that Satan tries to tell you. You are no insignificant person. You are the object of God’s infinite love. If you feel crushed and broken, draw near to Jesus as you are. He is there waiting to pick up the pieces of your broken life. In His loving arms, you will find true freedom.