“It was for freedom that Christ set us free.”
What is freedom
The word “freedom”, or “自由”, was translated by Yukichi Fukuzawa to mean “acting with own will”. Jesus does not want us to be like mindless robots. God desires that we have our own mind and make the decision to act on our own.
Freedom through Christ
The need for “Freedom” means that we are “captured”. What are we “captured” by? We are bound by our own selfish desires and the things of this world. Jesus Christ came to give us freedom from those things. To be free is to not be concerned with what others think, to not follow our own selfish desires, and to decide to select God and follow Him!