Tomorrow, July 4th, we celebrate the concept of "freedom" in the United States.
For some, this holiday is a patriotic celebration of the history of U.S. independence from Great Britain in 1776. For others, it is a celebration of the sociopolitical rights that citizens of the U.S. freely hold that citizens elsewhere often do not have the privilege of holding.
But for followers of Jesus Christ, the concept of "freedom" is something much, much deeper.
Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, lived a perfect human life and died a perfect grace-filled death, and was raised again to life -- thus setting us free from sin and conquering death.
This is the greatest news in the history of the universe!
We are truly free in Christ. Free from being ruled and enslaved by sin; free from slow spiritual death; free from hopelessness and purposelessness; free from self-centeredness; free from having to earn our own way into the kingdom; free to truly belong to our Creator; free to fulfill our true spiritual calling; free to love those around us with the grace and mercy we have received. We are free indeed.
As we celebrate the blessings that we are privileged with in the U.S., and as we remember the sacrifices that countless men and women have made to preserve these blessings, may we also remember the crucified and risen Lord and the freedom he has granted to us forever. May we also celebrate the ways in which we are now able to serve others around us thanks to the freedom we have in Him.
To help you remember the deeper meaning of "freedom," here are five impactful verses from scripture that describe the practical implications of our freedom in Christ. Please read them, write them down, or share them with a friend or family member.
We pray that these verses encourage you and inspire you to show the love of Christ to someone on this July 4th. May God bless you as you celebrate with family and friends.
-written by Chase Cotten, Media Director at IDES