Whenever we hear the statement “Leader of the Free World” we often think of the office of the President of the United States. This term was originally coined to contrast the United States with it’s version of a republic government co-opted with a capitalist free-market against the communist regimes around the world. This link at Wise Geek has a pretty good explanation.
Lest you think I am going off the rails to delve into some political or social slant I ask you to consider whether this statement “Leader of the Free World” is true of any man on this earth. For I have come to know the true leader of the free world. He came to this earth over 2,000 years ago and was given the name translated as Jesus and known as the Christ whose appearance was prophesied before His birth.
In His own words He proclaimed
16 So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. 17 And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written:
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”
20 Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. 21 And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” 22 So all bore witness to Him, and marveled at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth. And they said, “Is this not Joseph’s son?” (Luke 4:16-22)
And so it was the Christ did fulfill what was prophesied. He did proclaim liberty to the captives. Liberty to those who were chained by their sin. The sin that prevented them from coming into the Kingdom of His Father. He further said:
31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
33 They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?”
34 Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35 And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. 36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. (John 8:31-36)
There it is. Whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. But if we repent of our sins to walk in them no more, Jesus says we are sons. Slaves to sin are cast out, but the son is in the family and will be in His Kingdom forever.
There is a kingdom above all earthly kingdoms folks. Even the United States of America. No matter how free we think we are. For all men were born into sin. We are all guilty of one sin or another, be it lying, stealing, murder, worshiping false gods instead of the one true God, coveting what is not ours, lack of respect for authority, adultery, not keeping the Sabbath as given in the Old Testament. But through Christ we are set free by Faith in His work on the Cross. Over 2,000 years ago He was nailed to a cross, beaten and bloody.
10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.” 11 But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for “the just shall live by faith.” 12 Yet the law is not of faith, but “the man who does them shall live by them.”
13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), 14 that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. (Gal. 3:10-14)
Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. (Gal. 5:1)
Therefore, I proclaim to you that Christ Jesus, He is the Leader of the Free World in Truth and Spirit. Proclaim your faith in Him alone and repent of your sins that you may walk eternally free! For He is Righteous, Holy and Pure and worthy of our worship! Praise Him! Praise Him!