As we enter into the weekend of the 4th of July, it is good for us to remember the price of freedom. Many brave colonists sacrificed their "lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor" in fighting for our nation's independence. But the freedom they achieved was worth the cost they paid. The blessings of liberty are enjoyed by all of us because of their devotion, and we celebrate that liberty this weekend.
What is Freedom?
There are many in our nation today who think freedom means they can do anything they want to do. Our beautiful land is polluted, morally, by those who have turned freedom into licentious, and often lawless behavior. But that is not freedom at all. It is the worse kind of bondage. It is slavery to sin. It is the chains of darkness. Freedom is not the license to do whatever you want to, but the power to do what you ought to! Our forefathers were men of great integrity and moral conviction. They would be appalled to see what our country has become because of those who want to be "free" from the constraints of Christianity, the constitution, and the Word of God.
Jesus Paid For Our Ultimate Freedom
Because mankind is born into a state of slavery to sin, helpless to set himself free, Christ came into the world to deliver men from this bondage. He said: You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free (John 8:32). Truth is not found in an ideology or political philosophy--it is found in a PERSON, Jesus Christ (see John 14:6). We are exhorted by the Apostle Paul to "stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage" (Gal. 5:1). Jesus shed His precious blood on the cross of Calvary so that we might be free. If the Son therefore has made you free, you shall be free indeed (John 8:36).
Yes, what Jesus did in sacrificing His life for our freedom is something to also celebrate this weekend. Only true Christians are really FREE. Paul elaborates on this in Romans 8, as he discusses the future resurrection of the saints: The creature (man) will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God" (Rom. 8:21). When we get to heaven, we will not only be saved from the penalty of sin, but from the very presence of sin. That will be our ultimate, eternal, and transcendently glorious freedom.
Are You Free?
Is your life enslaved to some addiction, some sin that robs you of your hope and happiness? Come to Christ. He paid the price to set you free. He loves you and wants to deliver you. Accept Him today as your Savior and you will proclaim with joy: "The Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death" (Rom. 8:2).