Cinco de Mayo for Jesus Followers
Cinco de Mayo, or Batalla de Puebla, is a holiday commemorating Mexico’s defeat of French forces at Puebla, Mexico, on May 5, 1862. Contrary to widespread belief, Cinco de Mayo is not a celebration of Mexico’s independence from Spain. Mexico’s independence was won in 1810, and the El Grito de la Independencia, or Cry of Independence, is celebrated every year in Mexico on September 16th. Nevertheless, Cinco de Mayo remains a hugely popular holiday, especially in theUnited States.
Likewise, followers of Jesus have cause to celebrate their own independence. Jesus has set us free from sin (Romans 8:2). As a result, we are no longer slaves to sin. We are also free from:
- Failure (Phil. 4:19)
- Wants (Phil 4:19)
- Fear (2 Timothy 1:7)
- Weakness (Psalm 27:1)
- Worry (1 Peter 5:7)
This freedom is not something we earned; rather, it is what Jesus freely gave to us (Rom.3:24). Further, our freedom is not short-lived. We have been cleansed once for all (Heb. 10:2).
As you enjoy the festivities of Cinco de Mayo, remember to celebrate the freedom that Jesus gives us each and every day!