For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
My three favorite holidays are Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the Fourth of July.
I love Thanksgiving because of the family being able to gather around the bounty of food from God’s blessings.
Christmas is a favorite because my family can gather to exchange gifts while celebrating the greatest gift of all, a Savior by the name of Jesus!
The Fourth of July is a favorite because it is in the middle of summer – so the weather is usually great. There are fireworks! And it is the most American of holidays!
On July 4, 1776, the people living on the Eastern Seaboard of North America made it known that they wished to be free from tyrannical government three thousand miles away.
242 years later, the great experiment of the United States of America continues – some thinking that it has never been stronger!
But our freedom from King George III and Great Britain came at a great cost. A cost that would continue to be paid by patriots throughout the centuries.
That’s the way it is with freedom. It is never free. Freedom always has a cost.
Christ Has Set Us Free
But even though I am free, as a citizen of the United States, I still need to be liberated.
I need to be liberated, not from a tyrannical king or government, but from sin and death.
Every person is conceived and born a slave to sin.
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. Psalm 51:5
196 years before the Declaration of Independence, this was said of us who are sinners:
“The person who is not regenerate resists God altogether and is entirely a [slave] of sin” (Formula of Concord, Solid Declaration, II.89 in Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions, copyright © 2005, 2006 by Concordia Publishing House, p 535. Used by permission. All rights reserved. To purchase a copy of Concordia, call 800-325-3040).
We could do nothing to free ourselves from sin. But the love of God for us is so great and powerful, he sent Jesus Christ to free us from sin, as well as death and the power of the devil.
Let me say that again, because it is of utmost importance.
The love of God for us is so great and powerful, he sent Jesus Christ to free us from sin, as well as death and the power of the devil.
You are given this freedom through the Gospel. The Holy Spirit brings this freedom to you through the Means of Grace – which are the Word of God and the Sacraments (Baptism & Lord’s Supper).
The important question becomes: what will you do with this freedom?
What Will You Do With Your Freedom?
In the movie The Patriot (2000), this quote comes at the end of the film:
“Gabriel said if we won the war, we could build a whole new world. Just figured we’d get started right here with your home.”
Jesus won the war for our souls. Now, through his Holy Spirit, respond to the salvation he gave you.
Use your freedom to put God first and foremost in your life. Leave behind the baggage of slavery to sin. Truly live in God’s freedom!
Bring your family along with you. Putting God first in your life will give you the power to love your family and strengthen the bonds of freedom in your family.
Love your neighbors as a response to your freedom. Tell them about Jesus. Share with them how Jesus Christ has changed your life. Show them how they can also be freed from the slavery to sin.
Heavenly Father, thank you for the independence and freedom I have in the United States. Above all, I thank you for the freedom borne of the cross of Christ, a freedom to love you and love my neighbor as myself. May I use this freedom, faith, and courage to love my neighbor as myself. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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