4th of July Message - Let Freedom Ring

If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.  - John 8:36 

Over the Fourth of July weekend, we often hear the phrase “Let Freedom Ring!”  I thank God for the natural freedom that we enjoy in this country.  It is something that we should not take for granted.  The price for our freedom was paid with the blood of many American soldiers on many battle fields.  It’s because of that spilled blood that we are free. 

We know what freedom is because we are free in the natural.  But if you don’t know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, you are not truly free.  You just think you are. 

On this Monday, the 4th of July, many will sound the trumpet and sing songs of freedom, but they’re only partially free.  They don’t understand what took place on the battle ground called “Calvary,” where not hundreds or thousands shed their blood, but where only One shed His blood so we could have spiritual freedom. 

The battle that took place on Calvary’s hill is a battle that is forgotten by most of the world, but Christians commemorate it with Communion. 

In a sense, Communion is a continuation of the Passover.  In Exodus chapter 12, when the children of Israel were in slavery and bondage to Pharaoh in Egypt, God instituted the Passover.  The word “Passover” simply means to pass by. 

During the Passover, each family would take a lamb and kill it.  The blood was drained from the lamb’s body and applied to the tops and sides of their doors.  Then the lamb was prepared and eaten in a very special way.  When the death angel came by, if the blood had been applied to a door, he “passed over that house.”  The Israelites were to observe the Passover every year to commemorate their forefathers’ liberation from bondage. 

In the Bible, Egypt represents sin.  So the Passover, the redemption from Egypt’s bondage foreshadowed our redemption through Jesus Christ. 

Before he went to the Cross, Jesus ate the Passover feast with His disciples and instituted a new “Passover,” one for all mankind, not just for the Children of Israel.  He instituted a Passover whereby anyone who would ever live could enjoy the freedom from sin, sickness, and poverty.  Take the time to read 1 Corinthians 11:23-26. 

The blood for your spiritual freedom was shed on Calvary.  Until that time, many lambs have been slain on the altar as sacrificial offerings.  Every year the Priest had to sacrifice a lamb, and the blood of those lambs became a covering for sin.  But that day on the battle field of Calvary, the blood ran down from Jesus’  wound in His side took away the sins of the world. 

The Bible says “that without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin” (Heb. 9:22). I want you to notice that the blood of those lambs covered the sins, but the blood of Jesus, covered remission of sin. 

You see, my friends, our natural freedom was established by the blood that stained the battle fields of the world.  But our spiritual freedom was established by the blood that stained Calvary’s hill, the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

When you understand and experience spiritual freedom, then and only then you will know total freedom!     

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