Many people are familiar with the movie, “The Matrix,” a tale of humans enslaved in a world controlled by intelligent machines. In the beginning of the movie, the main character, Neo, is given a choice to continue as a slave in the false world of the Matrix, or to escape and find freedom. Neo chooses freedom and then must endure the consequences of difficult survival in a hostile world of war between machine and man.
One question the movie has caused me to ponder is, “How many people would opt for slavery if they really understood the difficulties that would come with freedom?” In some ways, this is exactly what the Israelites did soon after being freed from their Egyptian slavery. It didn’t take them long in the harsh environment of the Midian desert before they were dreaming about vegetables in Egypt, forgetting the very fact that they had been SLAVES! It must be terrible to be a slave—a person who, against their will, is denied their personal rights and freedom while being under the control of a master.
Like those in the Matrix, most people today have no idea that they live in a world completely under the control of a malevolent ruler. The Bible is very clear that this world is under the control of an “evil one” (1 John 5:19), Satan, which is also why he is called “the god of this world”—and he has blinded people so that they cannot see it (2 Cor. 4:4). This is why, ever since the time of Adam’s disobedience, it has been the cry of God’s heart to “Let my people go!”
The purpose of Jesus’ life was to provide a way for people to escape the “Matrix” of this world. In the opening of his personal ministry, Jesus carefully read from the scroll of Isaiah that he had come to “proclaim freedom for the prisoners…” and to “…set the oppressed free” (Luke 4:18). Jesus came so that, like Moses before Pharaoh, God could demand that Satan “Let His people go!
It remains God’s desire that every human be set free—free from spiritual, mental, and physical oppression. The choice is as easy as Neo taking the red pill of freedom in the Matrix: all one has to do is simply accept Jesus as their Lord and believe God has raised him from the dead (Romans 10:9:10) and they will be truly set free.