This post is the first in a series on our new Slugs & Bugs CD Sing the Bible with Slugs & Bugs. The lyrics to Sing the Bible are word-for-word Scripture. I hope this series helps parents talk and think with their kids about each passage.
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free, stand firm then, and do not let yourself be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. – Galatians 5:1
At first glance, this is a confusing verse for anyone. But remind them that they are smart. They can totally get this.
A good way to begin is to ask them what did Christ set us free from? See if they can remember the Romans 8 song. “…because through Christ the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.”
Yes! Christ set us free from the law of sin and death. God’s law says that anyone who sins is actually a SLAVE to sin. That means sin is their boss, and their only future is death. Why is that? Sin makes people too messy for perfect heaven, where only love and joy and peace can survive (insert metaphor about trying to breathe underwater or build a house inside a volcano…).
BUT! Perfect Jesus Christ came and gave us the best gift ever given in the history of everything. He gave us freedom from death. Because he died in our place, we don’t have to die just because we sin. Amazing, but it gets even better.
Jesus came back to life. He conquered sin and death! He is the winner, so he is the new boss. And we are not slaves to sin anymore.
So, in Galatians 5:1, the Bible is reminding you, you are not a slave to sin anymore. You have a new boss, and he is kind and good and loving. So don’t go back to your old slave house and put on your old slave clothes (that’s the yoke). When sin knocks at your door, stand firm. Do not let it inside. You can say, “Get out of here, sin. I’ve got a new boss named Jesus. You probably remember him from when he beat you.”