Weekly Reflections: True freedom is in the cross

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It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1

The Fourth of July is a special day in the United States; it commemorates the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

The Continental Congress declared that the 13 American colonies were no longer subject (and subordinate) to the monarch of Britain, and were now united, free, and independent states.

We all look forward to this holiday. We celebrate our freedoms that we have come to know and appreciate. Many people have fought hard and have given their lives for these freedoms, including our most sacred rights of life and liberty.

The Fourth of July is a day when we enjoy fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, political speeches, and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of our nation. My family will be camping in the Adirondacks and having fun at the water park. We will be cooking out, having a camp fire, and enjoying the fireworks.

For all of our families, remember where we came from, and celebrate your freedoms knowing that many people groups are still held hostage to governments that are cruel and inhumane. There are countries where people are slaves and have very little rights and must bow down to their masters. Pray that these countries can become free too!

I am also reminded of the freedoms I have come to enjoy in my Christian life. My religious freedoms coupled with the freedoms Jesus Christ gave to me and you. Jesus gave his life on the cross so that we are not held in bondage to the prince of darkness. We too can celebrate everyday that Jesus have given us freedom from sin. “Everyone who sins is a slave to sin… so if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:34-36).

There is only one who can truly set us free and holds the power to set us free. In Jesus, we find lasting peace and hope.

Debbie McDaniel writes, “Without the pain and reality of the cross, without the sacrifice of Christ on our behalf, without the miracle of the Resurrection and his final victory over sin and death, we would still be in bondage. We would still live defeated. We would still be in darkness. In all of history, there is not one more redeeming, liberating, or costly sacrifice, than the cross of Christ.”

So, enjoy and celebrate your freedoms this weekend, but never forget where your true freedoms rest.

“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Cor. 15:57.

Victory over the enemy, and the gift of eternal life is yours when you call on the name of Jesus, trust him and believe.

God bless you all, and happy Independence Day!

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