One of the great blessings we enjoy in the United States of America is freedom. We all have the freedom to live our own life, choose our own path, and use our abilities for our own gain as well as for the good of others. We have the freedom to choose our leaders and the freedom to worship God without fear of interference from the government.
All of these freedoms are great blessings, but they were not won without a cost. Our forefathers took a stand for these freedoms and defended them, whatever the price. Since then, countless brave men and women have stood up to protect this great country, to secure its freedoms, and to promote the cause of freedom around the world. Many of them have paid the ultimate price, and we honor their sacrifice.
A Greater Freedom
There is an even greater freedom which can be possessed and enjoyed by every person on the face of the earth, regardless of their social standing or nationality. This is freedom from sin and its judgment. Mankind has been in bondage to sin long before America was founded. In fact, the power and consequences of sin have governed the world since the first man, Adam, disobeyed God. “By one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” (Romans 5:12).
The Greatest Sacrifice
Because man is in such terrible bondage to sin and Satan (Heb. 2:14,15), God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to earth as “the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). On Calvary’s cross He, who knew no sin, was made sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him (2 Cor. 5:21). Christ died for sinners like you and me, and thereby paid the penalty for sin. Now He freely offers the gift of God—eternal life—to all who will come to Him (Romans 6:23).
Are You Really Free?
Have you received this gift of life and liberty from the Saviour? It is received by faith alone in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8,9). When one confesses to God that he is a sinner, and trusts the Lord Jesus as his personal Saviour, he is then made free indeed! All his sins are washed away in the precious blood of Christ (1 John 1:7). True freedom for everyone is found alone in Jesus Christ who died for us and rose again.
“If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:36). What a wonderful blessing it is to be free!
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