9th April 2017

Blow Ye Trumpet, Blow! 

“Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants [lit: slaves] of God.”
1 Peter 2:16 (NIV UK) 

A cold wind blew through a gathering of people. Men and women, black and white, free and slaves stood together and listened as the Emancipation Proclamation was read. It announced a shift in the legal identity of slaves held in Confederate States. From that day on the United States Government declared these men and women to be permanently free. As the gathering cheered, Frederick Douglass took the stage and led the gathering in singing his favourite hymn, Charles Wesley’s“Blow Ye The Trumpet Blow” –
Blow ye the trumpet, blow! Ye slaves of sin and hell,

The gladly solemn sound,  your liberty receive,
let all the nations know, and safe in Jesus dwell,
to Earth’s remotest bound: and blest in Jesus live.
Jesus, our great high priest, The year of jubilee is come!
hath full atonement made; The year of jubilee is come!
ye weary spirits, rest; Return, ye ransomed sinners, home.
ye mournful souls, be glad.

To anyone who heard Lincoln’s Proclamation and Wesley’s hymn, the concept of the year of Jubilee and the new wave of freedom must have hit close to home. Fredrick Douglas’s joining of this historic event with the atoning work of Jesus Christ revealed the connection between God’s redemption of human nature from slavery to sin, and the release of people of colour from social, political and economic bondage and the evil of the institution of slavery. Both were dehumanising, marring the very image of God stamped into every human being. Christ came to restore our very humanity, to remake human nature itself and emancipate us from its corruption. But that most essential and fundamental liberation from a corruption at the core of our being was to lead us to bear witness in all our relationships, personal and public, social and economic to that liberating work which revitalises our very humanity.

Through the miracle of our Lord’s incarnation, his entering into our human condition and putting on our fallen natures, he broke our chains and ransomed us out of death, regenerating human nature itself that we might share in what he accomplished for us. Because of Christ’s great atoning sacrifice, we have now been given our liberty, safe to dwell in Christ and ransomed from our sin, free to return home. We are free in Him our Creator and Redeemer. Let’s all join in Christ’s continuing ministry to restore to every human being their true humanity, founded and fulfilled in the person and atoning work of Jesus Christ, Lord and Saviour.

Prayer
Most Holy Father, you have made us free through Christ—free to live as your children, always looking to you for guidance as to how we should live, because you know how this should be done, and we don’t. Help our appreciation of this to influence and motivate us to live lives of love towards others, as you have shown love toward us.
Amen
 

Study by Joseph Tkach

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About the Author:
Joseph Tkach is the President of Grace Communion International (the Denominational name of The Worldwide Church of God UK), and resides in California, USA.

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