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If the Son sets you free, you are truly free.

John 8:36 NLT

  

To be free is a grand privilege, bought at a bloody price by millions of lives sacrificed in its defense. Who of us would dare say, “Freedom just is”, without considering the cost of our liberty?  

 

“Breathes there the man, with soul so dead, Who never to himself hath said, ‘This is my own, my native land!’” (Sir Walter Scott) To be an American, residing in “the land of the free”, is a blessing indeed, not to be taken for granted.

 

It is right that we are patriotic—proud to be citizens of this great land, thankful to breathe free.

 

However, there is a greater freedom—freedom of the soul won at Calvary, granted to every trusting heart.

 

Craig Lounsbrough wrote: “Liberty is God’s unalterable design. It is His uncompromising and eternally unflinching intent. We carelessly threw it away in a Garden at the beginning of time, and the cross lovingly handed it back to us. Liberty is God’s war cry for us. Like millions of others who went into combat, His Son battled evil to achieve liberty for us. The difference is that there is no flag draped coffin, and He’s nowhere close to being missing in action. This man Jesus died to liberate us, and then He liberated Himself by rising from the very death He died to bring us liberty. There is no greater or more far-reaching liberation than that.” 

 

Post the colors and thank God you live in this free land. And humbly bow your head and thank God for His Son who “gave his life for our sins, to rescue us from this evil world” (Galatians 1:4 NLT). This is the greatest liberty.

 

 

(c) Johnny R. Almond

Pastor, Hull’s Memorial Baptist Church

Author, Gentle Whispers from Eternity

 

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