Independence Day

July is the month we celebrate the freedom we have in this country.  A brief look at history will show us just how good we have it.  For example, it is only in recent times that people have been able to choose their own leaders.  We can vote for our leaders and even speak out against them.  Imagine doing that while living under one of the ruthless Assyrian kings mentioned in the Old Testament!  Execution was a popular method for dealing with those who had contradictory political views. 

The ability to choose a career for ourselves and the financial freedom we have is also unprecedented.  In the past our options would have been severely limited by our birth and social status, but now our choices are many. 

This freedom is not something we deserve or are entitled to (in spite of what our founding fathers thought).  This freedom is a gift from God and we thank him for it.

There is an even greater freedom for which we thank God – our freedom from sin and death.  “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:1-2).

As we look around us in this world we see many people who are still subject to the law of sin and death.  They still have the chains of their own sins fastened to them and death follows them around, ready to overtake them.  Perhaps they desire to be free or perhaps they are so use to their chains they don’t realize it could be different.  Someone needs to tell them.  We need to tell them that there is freedom in Christ Jesus!

We already have that freedom.  Jesus Christ has paid the price to free us from the sin that had us chained to God’s punishment.  Now death is no longer our master, slowly strengthening his grip on us.  Death is now our servant who will take us to our heavenly home at God’s appointed time.  We are free from sin and death.  Go and tell others about your freedom.

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