After learning of Robin Williams’ death, I decided to honor him with a screening of Aladdin. At the end of the movie, Aladdin has a final wish to request from his magical genie, voiced by Williams. He wishes for Genie’s freedom. Genie is in shock, repeating the phrase, “I’m free, I’m free. I’m free. I’m free at last!” You can watch the short clip below.
As Genie realizes the amazement of being set free, it reminds me of the freedom we are given through Jesus’ death and resurrection. Through God’s amazing grace and love, we are set free from our sins. In the clip from Aladdin, Genie is released from his chains, just as our chains from sin are set free when we accept God’s loving gift of his only begotten Son (John 3:16).
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”
(Galatians 5 : 1, NIV)
We are sinful creatures by nature, but we do not have to allow the burden and weight of our sins control our lives. God is a loving God, a forgiving God who sent his Son to earth in form of man to rescue us from our sins.
We are reminded of God’s amazing grace and love in Chris Tomlin’s song, “Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone).”
“My chains are gone
I've been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, Amazing grace"
What love we are shown by our Savior!
He removed our chains and set us free!
Don’t allow the weight of your sin to hold you back.
Remember, in Christ, you ARE free!