My daughter loves the Disney movie, Frozen. She would probably watch it every day if I let her. There was a time, in fact, that we watched Elsa’s famous solo, Let it Go, from my phone on a daily basis. Thankfully, that has passed.

When you listen to a song like that over and over again, you can’t help but reflect on the words and backstory. In the movie, Elsa is the queen of Arendelle, but she can have virtually no interaction with the outside world because of her powers to create snow and ice which can hurt people if revealed. Therefore, she hides both her powers and herself from all human contact; that is, until, her secret is unveiled. After everyone finds out about her powers, Elsa flees the city to the mountainside and this is the moment in the movie where she sings the unforgettable song, Let it Go.

Per her father’s instructions, and in the song, she sings, “Don’t let them in, don’t let them see. Be the good girl you always have to be. Conceal, don’t feel.” The premise is that she was supposed to conceal her little secret from everyone. But, as the song goes, “now they know.” So, what does Elsa do? She lets it go. The queen proceeds to unleash her powers and build an incredible ice castle where she intends to live apart from the cruel and oppressing world where she could never be or express her true self. Now, Elsa proclaims, there is “No right, no wrong, no rules for me, I’m free!”

Freedom! That’s all she ever wanted, and now she has it. Isn’t it funny, though, that Elsa’s desire to shed all of societies expectations and restraints, and pursue her own way of life, led her to an isolated, ice prison. She wasn’t free. She was alone and cut off from the world. Her pursuit of freedom led to captivity.

This is a great picture of the deceptive and enslaving power of sin. Sin promises freedom and joy, but, in reality, all it brings is pain and slavery. Sin lures us in with its promises of life and happiness, but the only thing sin can deliver is misery and death.

Look at the first man and woman, Adam and Eve (Genesis 3). They lived in paradise and in complete harmony with God. Yet, when they were tempted with sin, what did the Devil promise them? He promised them something better than what God already provided, and it resulted in their spiritual and even physical deaths. Sin deceptively lures us in with its promises, and once it has us, we’re trapped (Romans 6:16).

So, where can true freedom and joy be found? Only in Christ. It is “for freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5:1). Only when we submit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ will we find true joy and freedom.

Sin is oppressive. Christ is a liberator. Sin promises happiness but cannot deliver. Christ promises eternal joy and peace and made it a reality through the cross. Sin deceives and lures us into its trap. Christ is the truth and invites us to come and find true joy.

The world will tell you that the only you can be happy is through self-expression and the pursuit of your own sinful desires, but that is a lie. We were made for God; which means, only a life lived in complete submission to Christ will bring us true joy and freedom.