Hundreds of millions of dollars spent this month on fireworks alone to celebrate independence!
Why do we make such a big deal out of the fourth of July? To celebrate freedom!
Freedom from tyranny.
Freedom to make choices.
Freedom from oppression.
Freedom means, “Liberation from slavery or restraint from the power of another.” Americans wanted to be liberated from the power of another country.
There’s a greater freedom to celebrate!
Every person is born with a nature that chooses sin or wrongdoing. And that sin ends in death or eternal separation from God. To show us that truth, God gave us laws impossible for us to keep. The law revealed that we are slaves to sin, and therefore became a burden. Those with faith in God began to strive to keep the law but failed because to be free from sin one must keep all the law without exception.
Then Jesus came. God in the flesh came to earth and kept every single law. He lived perfection. He came to set us free from sin and death and the law. Not that we are free to do wrong things but we are free from the burden of the impossible task of being perfect. Jesus did the impossible for us.
“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1 (ESV)
Jesus came to give us freedom. He fulfilled the law. He gave us His righteousness. Anyone who believes in Him is righteous before God.
The day we become a believer in Jesus Christ is the day we are set free.
Free from the bondage of sin
Free from the payment for sin
Free from the burden of the law
“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” Galatians 5:13 (ESV)
Do you have that freedom? Please comment if you have a question.