Victor Frankl is an Austrian psychiatrist, a holocaust survivor and a well known Neurologist. But because of his Jewish identity he had to become a slave sentenced for death. He writes in his book “Man’s search for meaning” about the persecution in the concentration camps under Hitler’s Nazi regime, the challenges he faced as a prisoner in the concentration camps, the struggle for survival, the treatment meted out to him and the fellow slave laborers and his search for meaning in the suffering. His book underlines the fact that the value in the gift of freedom will be truly realized when you lose it.
Sin corrupts the human soul and sets it in bondage. It entangles us in many different ways. Many of us don’t realize it. The evil we see around the world, the hatred, violence, lust, adultery puts the human soul to slavery and stops us from being the person we ought to be. We think life is normal as it is, and the sin we commit in different ways doesn’t exist and everything seems to be normal. We have learned to live with the burden and it affects us no more. It’s like how we had cough travelling in those polluted roads for the first time and we feared that it will affect our health, but as time went by we got used to it and became insensitive to that but on the inside it still affects us. We take it easily, but one day it takes complete hold of us. It burdens us and makes us the people we never desired to be. It is then we realize how much weed to be freed. The greatest injustice to a human being is the fact that he doesn’t know the difference between right and wrong. Till the holocaust Victor Frankl couldn’t realize the danger he was about to go through, he thought life was normal around him.
The greatest slavery is the slavery to sin, which takes away the peace, joy and goodness from our life. But Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose again from this slavery of sin so that we might walk free. Jesus says in John 8:36, “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” We might have become insensitive to sin and its effects, but the faith in Jesus Christ will reactivate us to see how sinful we are and the evil around us. Jesus says about himself in Luke 4:18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free”. He was sent in to the world to set us free from the slavery of sin. Only when we realize the true freedom we will know what it means to be in slavery. Faith in Jesus Christ leads us to true freedom, but we will never know the value of it unless we experience it.
Apostle Paul, who wrote the above verse, once was a blood thirsty man, but Jesus one day intervened in his life. A man who was burdened of sin and had so much of hatred got transformed and became a man who preached love. That’s why he says we were once slaves to sin but now became slaves to righteousness through our faith in Christ Jesus. He says in Roman 6:17-18, “But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted. You have been set free from sin and have becomes slaves to righteousness.”
If there is something we can thank god for this Thanksgiving day, certainly it would be for His Son Jesus Christ, who died for the sins of the world, so that each one of us might be free from the slavery of sin through Him.