Sunday, July 3, 2011

Freedom Isn't Free

Tomorrow is July 4th. Here in America we understand that July 4, 1776 is the day our Founding Father's told the world that freedom in our country was here to stay! No longer would we be bound by a country and a king who didn't believe in freedom. I'm thankful for those men who believed that freedom was worth fighting for and proudly signed their names to the Declaration of Independence. I'm thankful for the men and women who over the past two-hundred-plus years agreed with the 1776 men and have continued to fight for freedom. But freedom comes at a price. Thousands upon thousands of men and women have lost their lives, before and after July 4, 1776, in the fight for freedom. Native Americans lost many of their freedoms in the 1700s and 1800s as America grew. Black slaves would have to wait almost 100 years for freedom and another 100 years for the Civil Rights movement. Today, people of all ages and races are being held in bondage, and wars continue to be fought in the pursuit of freedom.

Freedom is not free!

The ultimate freedom, however, was bought for the price of one man.

Jesus Christ.

On the day Jesus was crucified, He bought your freedom! You didn't have to pay a thing. No money. No blood. All you have to do is believe in Him and you have freedom forever!

"So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed." John 8:36

Paul spoke of this same freedom in Romans 6:18: "You have been set free from sin..."

Would you turn down the freedom our Founding Father's and others have fought so hard to achieve? I don't think so. I don't think there is a American alive that would give up their freedom to live under tyranny. But that is exactly what you're doing if you say you have no need for Jesus Christ. You are telling God you'd rather live under the bondage of sin than to be set free through the blood of Jesus.

Freedom isn't free.

Thankfully the price has already been paid. Don't waste it!

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