Greetings, brothers and sisters. This is Dr. James Perry continuing with our series where we seek to
explore the deeper meanings of our relationship with Jesus Christ. Over the years, the heavenly
Father has revealed many revelations of spiritual truth to me, and I want to share them with you. This
morning we seek to understand the meaning of the liberation of Jesus.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
The Liberation of Jesus
Jesus answered and said unto him, if a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love
him, and we will come unto him and make our abode with him." John, Chapter 14, Verse 23
This little light of mine,
I am going to let it shine.
Brothers and sisters, it is a great honor and privilege to have the Father and His Son, Jesus, living
within us. In today’’s broadcast, we explore the technique whereby Jesus can be liberated from being
a prisoner in our souls and minds. We know that over 2,000 years ago, Jesus left this world, but he
sent his Spirit of Truth to live in the hearts of mankind. But as we look around the world today and
within ourselves, we see that Jesus has not been liberated. He has not been freed to do his marvelous
work. And we might ask why does Jesus need to be liberated? He is the creator or the universe. He
is all powerful and all knowing. Surely there is no earthly prison that can contain him. And you are
right, with the exception of one thing: the free will choices of his creatures. We shall see how Jesus
is imprisoned in the minds and hearts of his children, and for those who don’’t realize that he is, we
shall use an apt analogy to convey what it feels like to be incarcerated.
A person commits a horrible crime that causes world-wide pandemonium. He is eventually captured
and tried. After being convicted by a jury of his peers, he is sentenced to life imprisonment in a
maximum security prison. He is placed in solitary confinement. There are no windows in this cell,
and a light is kept on at all times, and he is only allowed out of his cell for a brief period each day,
one hour out of twenty four. He is observed at all times and has no privacy. He is left alone with his
thoughts without any outside contact with his fellow inmates. There is only a minimum human
contact, and that contact is with his guards, who control his every act. All his meals, all of his
personal functions, even his medical care are rendered in that small cell.
Now there is only one problem with this scenario. The person who is imprisoned is not the right
person. There has been a terrible mistake in identity. This person has protested his innocence all
along, but no one believed him. Unfortunately he was at the wrong place at the wrong time, and an
unusual set of circumstances made it appear as if he was guilty. He made many appeals to the higher
authorities, but they were denied. And so he continues to spend his life in that small cell. How he
longs to get out, but hope of getting out is slowly fading away.
But the prisoner’’s father knows that he is innocent and works ceaselessly throughout the years to
get him released. Finally he discovers new evidence. There was another inmate who had been
incarcerated for another crime who was overheard bragging about the crime that caused world-wide
pandemonium. Now armed with this evidence the father of the condemned man begins the process
of getting his son a new trial. And this was a difficult process, but finally after much persistence and
a little good luck, he was able to get his son a new trial. The new trial acquitted his son, and he was
set free. Now you would think that after being locked up all those years, that the now freed inmate
would be bitter, but he was not; he was so overjoyed to have his freedom that he had no time for
Jesus is the light of the world. Through his spirit, he has come to live in the heart of his children.
What is he doing in there? Why doesn’’t he come out? Everyday on the radio and television, we hear
about Jesus. We hear what he wants to and can do with our life. There is a lot of studying and
praying that is going on. And in church, we hear of all the petitions to Jesus and declarations that if
he will answer those petitions all praise and honor will be given to him. And one fellow was
overheard recently to say that he took Jesus where ever he went. He always keeps Jesus on the inside,
but the question is does he let him out?
Most believers in Christ will acknowledge that he is on the inside and that he is Lord of their life.
And they pray to him for blessings and for comfort--almost everything that can be imagined. But
while they do this Jesus still remains locked up on the inside, only rarely being permitted to come
out on the outside, like the prisoner who was confined to his cell twenty three out the twenty fours
hours in a day. On those rare occasions when Jesus is allowed outside the human mind and soul, he
is thrilled to have that freedom, but not for long. As soon as that brief period is over with, Jesus is
locked backed in his soul and mind cell for safe keeping. And of course during the brief period he
was out, he did marvelous work.
Jesus said that you should love God with all your heart, all your soul and all your might, and love
your neighbor as yourself, and that if you kept his commandment, all men would know that you were
his disciples, that he would come and live within you, and reveal the Father to you. And Jesus longs
to reveal the Father to his children but he is restrained by their free will: his children intellectually
desire to have the Father revealed to them but not spiritually. Spiritually they will not consent to
receive this glorious revelation. They still are seeking for the fishes and the loaves of bread. But if
they would only allow Jesus to come through them at will, they and the world would witness a
stunning transformation. Jesus is seeking to perfect us, but this perfection is again contingent upon
the free will choice of the individual. The individual must choose to allow Jesus to do his work.
By now it should be obvious how we can liberate Jesus, but if it is not, consider this explanation and
admonition. Jesus is a personal spiritual influence in the hearts and minds of his children. This
influence desires to work within us, the work then spreading outside of us. We liberate Jesus by
allowing this influence to influence others at all times and under all circumstances. We must allow
this influence of love and goodwill to flow through us. We must stop trying to establish a
materialistic relationship with him. The relationship is spiritual not material. Jesus desires to reveal
the Father to his mortal children.
We must allow his love to flow without interruption not only to those who we already know and
love, but in whom the living water has just about dried up, those anemic souls who are dying of thirst
through ignorance or willful neglect. We must allow mercy to flow. We must allow a kind word or
a smile to grace their souls. We must allow a random act of kindness, a compassionate hug, and
when necessary do something unselfish for them, something that you know they want done without
any concern about being paid back. We must allow divine patience to flow in and through us. We
must allow divine goodness to spread its fragrance of repentance throughout the land.
We must demonstrate the truth that God is love. And when we allow this powerful transforming
spiritual influence to flow through us, we will be transformed into the "image of His Son" and will
begin the slow but effective process of transforming the world. The prison doors of His children are
swung wide open for His children to allow the liberating Jesus to come out and be free, liberated.
It will be a good thing to not only carry Jesus wherever we go but to let him out wherever we go and
allow him to smile on all of us. We will all be the better and be inspired to solve our difficult
material problems, the solutions of which are being hamstrung by our refusal to liberate Jesus, the
all- powerful and effective Spirit of Truth.
This concludes today's message on the liberation of Jesus. We hope you find something in this
message to ponder and pray about as you go about your day.
Until next time, this is Dr. James Perry.