Summary: Sermon for Independence Day -Jesus is the LIFE- In the Presence of the Lord there is LIBERTY & Happiness can be found...
TRUE LIFE, LIBERTY AND HAPPINESS
EXCERPT OF DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
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”
The founding of our great nation was based upon this three fundamental pursuits-LIFE-LIBERTY AND HAPPINESS
Without these three values our country becomes just like any other people bound by an oppressive government not given the true freedom of expression-Wandering in fear without the ability to live in true FREEDOM!
The price of freedom has a value too high for the most wealthiest man to pay.
Bill Gates could not purchase freedom with all the money he possesses.
Ask the man laboring in the fields of communist China- “How much would you pay for freedom?”
Ask the criminal in the confinements of San Quintin “What would you give to be free?”
What would the prisoner of war pay for the key to the shackles that hold him captive?
FREEDOM IS PRICELESS!
BUT EVEN IN THE HEART OF CHINA, THE CELLS OF SAN QUENTIN AND
THE DARKEST JUNGLE HOLDING SOLDIERS HOSTAGE-FREEDOM CAN BE FOUND!!
The scripture tells us “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” John 8:36
Freedom from SIN
Freedom from PAIN and PROBLEMS
Freedom from LUST and LASCIVIOUSNESS
Freedom from HURT and HATRED
Freedom from ANGER and ANIMOSITY
And then you can cry out the word “FREE AT LAST, FREE AT LAST, THANK GOD ALMIGHTY I’M FREE AT LAST!”
ILLUSTRATE- HOW SLAVES LEARNED WHAT FREEDOM WAS EVEN IN CHAINS
PAUL AND SILAS- FOUND FREEDOM “IN” THE PRISON
SHADRAK, MESHAK, AND ABENDIGO- FOUND FREEDOM “IN” THE FIRE
DANIEL-FOUND FREEDOM “IN” THE LION’S DEN
WHAT IS LIFE TO THE WORLD?
-DRUGS, ALCOHOL, SEX, NO SELF-CONTROL, EARTHLY RICHES
ULTIMATELY ALL WILL END WITH UPSET
LOOK AT SOME OF THE WEALTHIEST PEOPLE HAVE ENDED THERE LIFE IN AND SUICIDE
OVERDOSES- DISEASES, ALCOHOL RELATED AUTO ACCIDENTS
JESUS STATED “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
TYPE OF LIFE JESUS GIVES-
Abundant LIFE-John 10:10 “...I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
Everlasting LIFE- John 3:16 “...shall not perish but have everlasting life.”
Eternal LIFE- Mark 10:17 “...to inherit eternal life?”
Jesus’ WORDS were LIFE-John 6:68 “...words of eternal life”
He was the BREAD of LIFE-John 6:35
WATER that had LIFE-John 4:10 “...given you living water”
IN HIM was LIFE-John 1:4
Jesus tells us “he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” John 10:38-39