It is said that a flippant young man once remarked to a preacher in mocking fashion, “You say that unsaved people carry a great weight of sin. Frankly, I feel nothing. How heavy is sin? Ten pounds? Fifty pounds? Eighty pounds? A hundred pounds?” The preacher thought for a moment, then replied, “If you laid a four-hundred-pound weight on a corpse, would it feel the load?” The young man was quick to say, “Of course not; it’s dead” Driving home his point, the preacher said, “The person who doesn’t know Christ is equally dead. And though the load is great, he feels none of it” This is the sad reality of what we see in John 8:31-38 as well as all around us. The slavery to sin that all of us are under until we turn to Jesus is so powerful that we don’t even notice the shekels around our ankles and hands. Before we are born again, we feel free yet we know something is missing. We are pursuing happiness but we are confused why we can never attain it. But that is where the beautiful words of Jesus come in, “if the Son sets you free, you are free indeed”. Jesus came to destroy the works of the Devil and break the seemingly indestructible shekels of sin that kept us blind and dead. We may now rejoice in the truth of Romans 6:22-23, “Now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”. Now dear brothers and sisters, rejoice in your freedom! And while you are rejoicing in your freedom from sin, help others remove their chains by pointing them to what Jesus did on the cross, that way we may have more people to rejoice with.