The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; (Isaiah 61:1 ESV)
As the day comes to a close, a day that most of us in the United States have celebrated on some form, freedom is likely still very much on our minds. We are truly blessed with a tremendous amount of freedom in this country, freedom that has cost many lives and much heartache in our 230+ year history. Our freedom and liberty is something we ought not take lightly. But I expect that, from time to time, we all do.
As great a freedom as we have as US citizens, those that have surrendered their lives to Christ Jesus have freedom and liberty that is far greater. Having our citizenship not of this world, we are a part of the greatest, most magnificent Kingdom that ever has or ever will exist: the Kingdom of God. This citizenship and these freedoms and liberties also came at a cost, a very high one. A cost so great that none of us could have ever paid it. But, praise God, the King of King’s paid it all for us. And we who have been set free by “the Son are free indeed”.
Have you praised the Lord for your independence today?
1 Samuel 12:24 Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.
He has been good to me in all my needs, trials, struggles, and sorrows. Never could there be a better Master, for his service is freedom, his rule is love. The ancient saints proved him to be a good Master, and each of them rejoiced to sing, “I am thy servant, O Lord!” I will bear this witness before my friends and neighbors, for possibly they may be led by my testimony to seek my Lord Jesus as their Master. Oh that they would do so! They would never repent so wise a deed. If they would but take his easy yoke, they would find themselves in so royal a service that they would enlist in it forever.
– C. H. Spurgeon
John 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free
Sunday evening Aunt Toots gave me a print out about the signers of the
US Constitution and the things they endured as a result of fighting
for our freedom. Some of the things I was familiar with and others
not. It was very interesting and eye-opening to read of the sacrifices
these forefathers had made for the birth of this nation. Without them
and their selfless acts we might well not have the freedoms we have
Christ was the ultimate Sacrifice. He bore our iniquities. He took our
punishment. He assured the birth of the Church. And He made it
possible for us to have true freedom, no matter our place of residence
here on earth.
The founding fathers ratified the Constitution with the stroke of
their pens and made their sacrifices afterward. Jesus ratified the New
Covenant through the stroke of hammers upon nails with His life’s
blood after He had endured much with even greater suffering yet to
come. It’s true: freedom never is free, someone has to pay for it.