Devotions

Chains

Delivery Status • Chains
Isaiah Combs | Worship Leader & Young Adults Director

My favorite Christmas movie is The Muppet Christmas Carol. It is the Charles Dickens Classic tale remade with the goofiness of the Muppets. I am a sucker for any Muppets’ movies. I may or may not force my children to watch them with me. We may or may not sing all the songs along with the Muppets, but that is another story.

There is a scene in The Muppet Christmas Carol that I want to point out. So, if you know anything about the story, Ebenezer Scrooge has two partners that pass away. They are brothers named Jacob and Robert Marley. In the Muppets version, the Marley Brothers are played by Satler and Waldorf. They are two grumpy old men who heckle everyone. In the movie, the Marley brothers come to warn Scrooge about the evil things he is doing and the afterlife effects of the things he does. The two brothers are covered in chains that drag and hold them down. They tell Scrooge that they had built the chain links from all the mean and nasty deeds they had done throughout there lives. Then they warn Scrooge about how many chains that he has built up and has coming for him in his afterlife. Of course, they do this through song and dance.

It reminds me about the chains we have. We were chained to death. Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death.”

Just like in the Muppets movie, we build chains and are chained to death like a prisoner. I like to replace the word “wages” with the word “cost.” The cost of our sin is death. The chains are the cost for lives of sin.

The verse continues, “BUT” (I am so thankful for the “buts” in the Bible).

“But the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

There is freedom from the chains that we have made in life. It is a free gift that comes only through Jesus (our chain breaker).

Colossians 1:13-14 adds, “He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”

There is freedom from the domain of darkness (our prison in chains), and through the Son (Jesus) there is redemption and forgiveness(freedom).

I am thankful that I have been set free from chains of sin (I am also thankful I am not Ebenezer Scrooge and had three ghosts visit me).



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