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Our Independence Day!

Freedom. It is the cry and hope of the enslaved, the oppressed, and the disenfranchised. It has been the subject of literature and film, from The Republic to 1984, and Braveheart to Renaissance Man. Freedom is one of the deepest needs and desires that beats in the human heart.

Jesus understood our yearning for freedom. His mission was to free all of us. Jesus said, “He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor” (Luke 4:18-19).

On July fourth, Americans celebrate their independence. But Jesus followers have been set forever free from the bondage of sin! This Independence Day, let’s focus on the greater freedom that we share through Jesus.

With apologies to President Thomas Whitmore from the movie, Independence Day, here is a speech we could all enthusiastically repeat:

Freedom. That word has meaning for all followers of Jesus. We are not enslaved by the chains of sin any more. We are united in our common hope. Perhaps it is Divine intervention that today is the fourth of July, and we are celebrating our freedom. Not because of our own character, perfection or works. But because of the inexplicable and loving sacrifice that Jesus gave to us long ago. If Jesus should win the day, July fourth will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as a day when the world declared in one voice, “We are set free! We were lost but now we’re found! We’re going to live on; we’re going to survive!” Today we celebrate our independence day!

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