This weekend our nation will pause to celebrate Independence Day. The Fourth of July is a federal holiday that commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain on July 4, 1776. This annual holiday is a reminder that we won our freedom from our oppressor.

Every Sunday, Christians all over the world pause to celebrate a much more meaningful Independence Day. Because of the death of our Savior, we obtained our freedom from the great oppressor (Revelation 12:9-10).

He has set us free from “the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:2). He has released us from guilt.

Jesus said, “If the son makes you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36)

When we obeyed him and contacted his blood through our obedience, we signed our own Declaration of Independence. This is the truth that sets us free (John 8:32).

Thucydides once proclaimed, “The secret of happiness is freedom.” Our Lord understood this and made an even more bold proclamation. “I have come that you might have life and have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).

Each time we gather as God’s family, we remember the freedoms we have because of Christ. When we eat the bread and drink the fruit of the vine, we understand again the idea “that freedom is not free.”

Dear Father, help us to understand the cost of our freedom. Thank you for paying the ultimate price so that we might be free from sin and death. Help us not to take for granted the wonderful freedom we enjoy because of Christ.

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