He refused to participate in a corrupt act, was sued by his partner, and lost everything – his business, his home, his wife and millions of dollars. He was forced into bankruptcy. He eventually found another job, at a fraction of his former salary, but then proceeded to make payments to his creditors, despite no longer being legally required to do so. Why? He was free. Free to do what was right without fear or coercion. His freedom came from Jesus.
Jesus was free. He was not hemmed in by social expectations. He didn’t follow the rules imposed by the religious authorities. He was not afraid of their punishments and not afraid to be considered eccentric. He socialized with outcasts, ate and drank as he chose. Jesus was free. He was free of the world’s coercion, free to listen to God and get in step with His instructions. He said,
…“Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. (John 5:19b)
… The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. (John 14:10b)
Jesus was free to dance in perfect time with His Father. Free to break the restrictive rules of social expectations and ignore the threats of the powerful. He was free to go to the Cross without fear.
For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again. No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father.” (John 10:17-18)