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LET FREEDOM RING
by PJ Salas

ʺ…if the Son makes you free, you are free indeed.ʺ John 8:31, 32, 36.

On July fourth, we the people of the United States of America celebrate our independence from Great Britain, declared in an official document entitled The Declaration of Independence, espoused by our forefathers on July 4, 1776.

The Declaration of Independence proclaimed the thirteen colonies, at war with England at the time, to be thirteen independent sovereign states, no longer ruled by Great Britain, launching the birth of a new nation, the United States of America.

New Birth

As great and important as the birth of our country is, there is something far greater to celebrate, it is the new birth experience, which Jesus calls being born again (Romans 6:4; Galatians 4:9; 2 Corinthians 5:17; John 3:3). It is liberation from sin, freedom to live good and right, and in the end, eternal life.

This momentous and significant genesis not only delivers people from sin, birthing them into God’s eternal kingdom of wholesomeness and righteousness, but it also brings hope and promise, improving culture and society.

Bondage

When sin entered our world bondage ensued; and it has held us captive for six thousand plus years in sickness and suffering, in trial and turmoil, in hate and terror, in degradation, destruction, and death.

We need to be unshackled from the horror of sin, personally and societally. Our hearts cry for liberation from pain and trauma, we dream of something better; but our efforts to improve our conditions never really work.

The devising and inventions of people are like a bandage that holds things together for a time, even having seemingly lasting effects; but the reality is, we have no permanent solutions, and the ones that appear to bring good cause other problems.

Longing for Freedom

As the forefathers of our nation hungered for something better, we thirst for something far better. Our hearts pine for rescue and deliverance, wanting to be unfettered, and desiring liberation from the burden of this sinful world. Every human being yearns for freedom from sickness, suffering, pain, and heartache. We long for a Savior.

Jesus came to earth two thousand years ago as a human infant, grew to be a man who lived a righteous life of selflessness and goodwill. He died the second death for all who will choose to believe in Him (Revelation 2:11; 20:6, 14; 21:8); and He resurrected as a Savior to free us from a life of sin and eternal hopelessness. This same Jesus is still acting in unselfishness and munificence.

Liberation

As we celebrate our autonomy on Independence Day let us remember the One who is the great Liberator, the Almighty Deliverer, the Lord Jesus Christ. With a welcoming heart, let us receive Him who so loves us that He stretched out His arms of love and hung on a tree that we may go free. Let us realize that without our Savior we have no hope, no true liberty, and no eternal home.

As we rejoice in the liberties we have here in the United States of America, may we be jubilant in the salvation that is ours in Christ Jesus. May we allow His freedom to ring in our hearts and in our lives, and proclaim His salvation to a lost and dying world.

Let freedom ring, loud and clear! May it ring true in our hearts and in our lives. Choose to be free in Jesus, disentangled from a life of sin, enabled to live in goodness and rightness, that you may forever know the liberty that is yours through Jesus Christ.

ʺ…if the Son makes you free, you are free indeed.ʺ John 8:31, 32, 36.