Here we go, part 4!

[Verse 3, part 2]
Chains shall he break, for the slave is our brother.
And in his name, all oppression shall cease.

Chains shall he break,
Ooooh, this part gives me goose bumps just thinking about it! Jesus breaks our chains of bondage. Not only does he give us eternal life, but he gives us abundant life this side of heaven. HELLO?!?!?! This is good news!

For the slave is our brother.
Jesus shows us an upside down kingdom. Those that are last will be first. Those that are poor will be rich. Those that are out are in. Jesus is the only equalizer of persons. Every person finds their identity and worth in Jesus, which means that every person is a beloved son or daughter of God. There are no second-class citizens in the kingdom of God, only joint heirs with Christ! Every single person that has ever and will ever live is an image bearer of the divine.

And in his name, all oppression shall cease.
At the name of Jesus, demons tremble. Anything is possible through the name of Jesus. I love this phrase because it shows that Jesus cares about justice. Jesus was all about the underdog. He loved the poor and marginalized. They had a very special place in his heart. Jesus calls out what is wrong and says, “Be free!” He doesn’t leave us to our sorry, pitiful lives. He gives us liberty!

Do you see all people as equal? Do you treat them that way? How can you live in to Jesus invitation of love? How can you partner with Jesus in being an advocate for the oppressed?