Summary: We celebrate many freedoms in America. But do you know what it means to be really free?
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
These are the words that begin the Declaration of Independence. This historic document, signed by 56 representatives from the 13 states that made up the United States of America, was drafted as a pronouncement of our freedom from the rule and reign of Great Britain. It was signed July 4th 1776. Hence we celebrate July 4th as Independence Day in this great nation of ours, declaring our freedom and our liberty that was secured some 200 years ago.
This United States of America that we live in is the greatest nation on the face of the earth. We enjoy guaranteed right of freedom, more than other group of people in any other nation. In this country we enjoy the freedom of living where we want to live, pursuing the career we want to pursue, to express our opinions as we choose, the freedom of religion, to worship when, where and how we want to. We enjoy the freedom of pursuing an education to expand our experience and intellect and to choose our relationships. Freedom and liberty is what makes this nation so great and it is why millions of people from across this world have made their way and continue to make their way to America. But sadly to say that many Americans and others who while in theory or on paper may be free, are not free in practice and do not experience real freedom in their everyday lives.
Read John 8:31-36
You will notice in this text the Jews, who believed on Jesus, were surprised by His comments about them “knowing the truth and the truth making them free”. They responded by reminding Jesus that they were the offspring of Abraham; that they were already free and have never been in bondage. But Jesus wanted them to see that as long as they were held captive to the lower elements of their nature and to a lifestyle of disobedience to the will of God – that although they were free – they were not REALLY FREE!
When you and I, allow sin to capture our minds and dominate our actions and control our choices – we ruin our potential to live in REAL FREEDOM! To be REALLY FREE – is to not simply to know about truth on paper or in theory…but you must experience truth! Jesus says in verse 36, “If the Son makes you free; you will be FREE INDEED.”
Jesus who is the Christ came and on the Cross of Calvary, He died, as the perfect payment for our sin! It was His sacrifice; as our substitute, that was the only price that was acceptable to God the Father. Thus the only way for us to be REALLY FREE…is to have a genuine, firsthand personal and practical experience with Jesus Christ…because He is truth. Jesus said, “I am the way; the truth and the life, no man comes to the Father, but by Me.” John 14:06
Jesus’ death on the cross makes you and me free from: