“The great Liberator” by Donald Macleod

“Jesus is the great Liberator. He is not, like Che Guevara or William Wallace, a mere inspiration from the past. He is alive; and He is in control, possessing authority over the whole of heaven and the whole of earth (Mt. 28:18). He has liberated; He is liberating; and He will liberate still. We, to change the metaphor, are mere builder’s labourers. He is the great Master Builder.

He is not an absent Christ, once active in history but now withdrawn. He is an ever-present one, the great freedom fighter who has already destroyed the powers and who, following His death and resurrection, continues to bring liberation to the world’s spiritual slaves.

Our hope for the world rests not with the great stream of Christian pilgrims following in the footsteps of Jesus, but with the living Jesus Himself: still able to conquer every potentate and still able to open every heart. Everyone who comes to Him finds instant freedom (Mt. 11:29).”

–Donald Macleod, The Person of Christ (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1998), 260.

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