“Sin can’t tell you how to live. After all, you’re not living under that old tyranny any longer. You’re living in the freedom of God.” -Romans 6:14 [MSG]
Ever wonder where T-Rex got its name? Okay, neither had I… until tonight. I was reading in my holy book and came across the word “tyranny.” Now, from context throughout all my years of schooling, I had a pretty good idea of what tyranny was, but I decided I wanted to know an exact definition. So, dictionary.com helped me out.
Tyranny is basically an oppressive or unjustly severe system of governing. In the verse, sin is the tyrant that we are oppressed under. This leads me to T-Rex. One of the definitions that was listed was rather vague – a tyrannical act – but it sparked the image of a Tyrannosaurus Rex into my mind almost instantly. Very similar in root to the word tyranny. Because of this similarity, I was curious, is this where the dino experts derived its name from? Sure enough, the Greek word, tyrannos, is exactly where the T-Rex gets its name.
As I thought about this funny fact, I begun to see a striking similarity between a T-Rex and what the Bible calls a tyrant. Sin and flesh-eating dinosaurs have more in common than what first meets the eye. Dinosaurs like T-Rex, as long as they’re alive, they strike fear and bad habits into the people around them. They oppress the others around them by their vicious fangs, claws, and sheer size. They will kill anything that has a heartbeat, as long as they’re alive.
This is so similar to the sin in our lives. As long as we keep the sin alive in our lives (by continuing to feed it), it will overpower us, our fleshy hearts will be ripped and torn to shreds, and the size of that darn sin will never shrink. As long as sin is continuously fed by us, it will eventually kill us.
However, because of Christ, we believers don’t have to be overpowered by the tyrannosaurusness of sin anymore. In fact, because of Christ, who killed sin and it’s large buddy, T-Rex (okay, no guarantees that Jesus killed any dinosaurs, although I bet he could’ve), we are completely FREE!
Man, that makes me want to take a deep sigh and breathe in the freshness that is the freedom of salvation. Thank you Jesus for killing our sin! No longer do we live in fear of the T-Rex coming after us. It’s no longer inevitable that the thumb of sin presses down on us!
Hallelujah, what a savior!