The summer months in the United States are book-ended by days to recognize and celebrate our country, with Independence Day sandwiched in the middle. While many are enjoying vacations, time at the pool, and warm weather, it’s important to reflect on these patriotic remembrances but to also know that our true freedom is found through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. The Graham family has shared many encouragements over the years that acknowledge both the sacrifice of Jesus and the sacrifice of the American soldiers who have also fought to protect our freedoms and liberty. See their quotes below.
Freedom is something that is related to the very heart and core of the Gospel of the grace of God. The Bible teaches that there is a bondage which men have who are in sin, but once a man has been converted to Jesus Christ freedom becomes a part of his very nature.
The freedoms we now enjoy pale in comparison to the freedom we have as Christians, purchased by Christ’s death on the cross. “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:1-2, NIV).
As Christians, we’re blessed beyond measure to live in the United States, where we have the freedom to worship and proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ. We must always remember, however, that ‘our citizenship is in heaven’ (Philippians 3:20) and keep our eyes fixed on the Cross.
Truth and freedom, they go together. You can’t have true freedom without the truth of Jesus. And it is for freedom that Christ has set us free. You see, the greatest freedom that was ever provided is rooted in the greatest love story ever told. And that’s Jesus Christ when He spread His arms out wide for the entire world to see. He surrendered His life on that cross. Because of His love—because of that love of Jesus—He provided a way for us to have freedom. Freedom from that sin that held us captive. And He alone provides us freedom.