Summary: A Sermon for Independence Day
I. The Prince of Patriotism
A. The Lion of Judah
1. Text: Revelation 5:1-14
2. This Lamb of God will become the Lion of Judah
B. Jesus Typifies Patriotism
1. The word ‘patriot,’ being defined means “Someone who loves and defends his country.”
2. Wouldn’t you say Jesus loved and defended His country? Wouldn’t you agree He loved and defended His people?
3. He became the Lamb of God, so that one day He would become the Lion of Judah! Praise the Lord! I’m looking forward to that day!
a. The reason He is referred to as a Lion is because it refers to great strength!
b. The word “Judah” means, “He shall be praised!”
c. So, He is the Lion of Great Strength, Who Shall be Praised! Glory to God!
C. Jesus, the Patriot of Patriots
1. Verse 10 of our text says that He shed His blood to redeem every tribe and every tongue and every people and every nation!
2. So, what does this mean for you and me, today?
In order to answer that question, we must go from speaking of the Prince of Patriotism (a.k.a. the Prince of Peace), to speaking of
II. The Price of Patriotism
A. Look at What Jesus Went Through to Become the Lion!
B. You Can’t Become a Lion Until You’ve Been a Lamb!
C. The United States has got this concept mixed up…again!
1. We were birthed as a nation that was as a small lamb.
2. But, we became as strong and mighty nation with the strength of a lion!
a. But, we’ve been deceived!
b. Like Samson, our Delilah has wooed us to sleep and we have had the power, as it were, snatched from us, and we know it not!
D. Our Forefathers Knew What it was Like to Sacrifice and Suffer!
1. The writers of the Declaration of Independence, literally, separated themselves from their homeland. They became a great Lion of strength! And it wasn’t easy!
a. The first colonists left their homeland to give birth to a great nation!
2. Jesus left His home to come to ours, so that someday, we could go back to His!
a. He, too, left His homeland to give birth to a great nation of people!
3. The writers of the Declaration literally gave their lives for their nation!
a. Of the signers, 5 were captured by British forces and tortured before they died.
b. 12 had their homes ransacked and burned.
c. 2 lost their sons in war.
d. 9 of them either died from war wounds or from hardships suffered because of the war.
e. Standing firm, these men pledged: “For the support of this declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of the Divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”
f. They declared that you and I are “endowed with certain inalienable rights.” That means indisputable rights. Author Thomas Jefferson took this term from a 600-year-old Christian legal heritage.
4. Must I remind you that Jesus, too, gave His life for His own people!? This, my friend, is the cost of freedom! Death is the cost of freedom! Bloodshed is the cost of freedom! It always has been, it always will be!
5. If it wasn’t for this cross, you and I wouldn’t be free from sin today! If it wasn’t for this flag, you and I wouldn’t be free today!