Our Nation celebrates its birthday on every July 4th. We celebrate the fact that we are still the land of the free and the home of the brave! Being the land of the free, we are also the land of opportunity. We have by our freedoms the opportunity to determine what we want to enjoy and make of ourselves. Of course, we are not free from all the perils of this life, but we have the freedom to make choices that can benefit our lives and the lives of others. The single most important freedom of our country is the freedom to worship God, as we so determine, from His Holy Bible.

The freedom we have to study and follow the Bible in our country is a freedom that enables us to choose true freedom, the freedom offered us by God in Christ Jesus. The true freedom God offers us comes from Jesus Christ and His sacrifice. Jesus, Himself spoke of true freedom that God would offer the world through Him (John 8:36). Freedom in Christ, then, was first announced in the Old Testament prophets (Isa 61:1-2; et al), verified by Jesus’ own teaching (Luke 4:18-19; John 8:31-32), and finally fulfilled in the teaching of the apostles of Christ. The apostles warning to early Christians about freedom in Christ is often marked with a call to remember why God had so given them freedom. God had given them freedom from sin not as an indulgence in selfishness (Rom 6:7, 18, 20, 22), but rather, as an opportunity to serve and encourage one another in His purpose (Gal 5:13; 1 Pet 2:16).

And so, this year, as we are rightly celebrating the freedoms enjoyed by those who live in this blessed land, let us also remember the true freedom Christ died to give us, freedom from sin. This true freedom holds promise not just for this life but also for the life to come (1 Tim 4:8). If we want to truly celebrate the freedoms offered us in this country, then, we should take hold of the greatest opportunity they afford us and honor God by taking hold of His offer of true freedom in Christ Jesus!

 

Peace in your freedom,

Jay Don

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