By Caleb Hong, Spiritual Life Co-division Head.
I remember the first time I saw Dreamworks’ the Prince of Egypt. It was quite the experience to say the least. To put in the words of the film, it was “all I ever wanted.” The movie follows the story of Moses, who I’m sure we’re all at least vaguely familiar with. It follows his life as he transitions from the rich, spoiled prince living his privileged and oblivious life to the leader of God’s people and their deliverer. The movie features stellar animation and a breathtaking soundtrack, but what I found compelling was the complex theme of deliverance found throughout the film. From Moses’ deliverance from his internal struggles to the Israelite’s deliverance from their Egyptian oppressors.
In all seriousness, we’re all looking for deliverance from something. We all feel bound by some sort of restriction: our boredom, depression, anger, financial boundaries, work overload, you name it. There’s nobody who’s truly free from all bounds. I mean, all of us bound by time, as well as the knowledge that someday our lives will end. It’s easy to give up and resign ourselves to bondage, but Christ calls us to freedom. In Isaiah 61:1, the prophet writes that the Messiah comes to “proclaim freedom to the captives.” If we choose Christ, he sets us free.
To say that life will be roses and strawberry cream the moment we entrust our cares to Jesus would be nothing short of a lie, but there is the assurance of peace that we receive. The things that once bound us no longer control us; they don’t dictate how we live our lives. The power to choose Jesus and continue choosing in our hands. So what will you choose?