It is a rainy 4th of July here in Kentucky. Lightning has captivated our eyes and thunder has infiltrated our ears in the place of fireworks. Board games will have to do today in place of pool parties and sprinklers. We’ll have to substitute the frying pan for the grill this year. But the indoors have given me a chance to reflect on the day and the importance of our freedom. It is commonly and rightfully said that “freedom isn’t free.” I can think of a few quotes about freedom to set that point home.
President Ronald Reagan said, “I don't have to tell you how fragile this precious gift of freedom is. Every time we hear, watch, or read the news, we are reminded that liberty is a rare commodity in this world.”
President Franklin D. Roosevelt said, "In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved."
As a nation we should be able to see that the freedoms we enjoy were costly to those who made them possible for us. Men and women throughout the past couple of centuries have literally given their lives for our freedom and our rights as Americans.
President Harry S. Truman said, “Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.”
Certainly with fear and trembling, soldiers of the United States armies have braved scenarios that you and I can not imagine. They have felt the slice of bayonets, they have been pierced with bullets, felt the burn of bombs and perceived the power of tanks. They have flown over head in daring maneuvers and dove deep in the sea where no light could penetrate. They have sailed the oceans and have suffered the desert. This in an effort to keep their homeland safe, to keep the battle away, and to keep us free.
All of our freedoms as Americans have been purchased. We are not free because it is a natural born right of everyone. We have been blessed to be in a country that values the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We have been blessed to be in the land of opportunity and these freedoms were purchased for us by those who have gone before us.
The price of freedom stretches beyond our borders however and seems to be a universal truth. All I have to do is point to the Lord Jesus to see that our freedom in Him had to be purchased as well.
We as people are slaves to this world and we are slaves to sin. Jesus said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. (John 8:34)
We are slaves to sin and we don’t even know it, and the reason that we don’t know it is because we have never tasted or seen the freedom that Jesus offers. We are like a blind man who has never seen the world. Imagine being told of colors, but not actually knowing what that means. We have all sinned and we are all therefore slaves to its debt of death not able to understand true freedom.
There is freedom for our enslaved souls. It is a freedom that comes from Christ. Jesus said, “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” (John 8:36)
Just like those soldiers have laid down their lives for our freedom, so has Jesus laid down his life to pay for our freedom in Him. He broke the chains of sin that hold us by taking the full payment upon himself. He thus died to set us free. His death for sin can be your death to sin. Paul said “For he that is dead is freed from sin.” (Romans 6:7)
Christ didn’t just die for you. For if he was dead, how could you and I call on Him as a Savior. Think of it this way- we don’t call on those soldiers who have fought for our freedom, we remember them, and they were the means, but that is as far as it goes. The freedom from sin that Christ offers is truly greater than even our freedom as Americans because the freedom that He is offering is literally eternal. Therefore you need Him as Savior and He is there as that Savior because He is risen.
Paul also said, “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:”
So I invite you this Independence Day to join in absolute freedom, freedom that is eternal, liberty that is everlasting, and joy that is unending. I invite you to salvation through the Christ, Jesus.
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