New Sermon Series Starts July 4
Thu, July 1, 2021
New Sermon Series Begins July 4
Freedom! This Sunday, we celebrate July 4, or Independence Day. Two hundred and forty-five years before, the Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia, declared independence from King George III and Great Britain.
And this idea of freedom has been the defining characteristic of our nation ever since: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that their Creator endows them with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Admittedly, we have not always lived up to these words in our history, but they have always beckoned to us to make them more than just words for every American.
The ideals of freedom have guided and shaped us as a people. But in the “land of the free,” we sometimes confuse the true nature of freedom. For many of us, freedom has become synonymous with personal independence — the ability to make our own decisions and choose our own path in life, and do whatever we want, whenever we want.
However, this is not the freedom that Jesus promised us. When Jesus first revealed himself as the long-promised Messiah, He said that He had come to “proclaim freedom” (Luke 4.18) and on another occasion, talking to the religious leaders, Jesus said, “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8.36).
Jesus did not set us free to do whatever we want. That’s not freedom. It’s actually bondage to the baser nature of our soul. Instead, he came to liberate us to walk in the right relationship with God and be the kind of people He created us to be. That’s true freedom!
So, as we come together on Sunday, we thank God for the blessings of freedom we enjoy as a country, but we also remember that true freedom is found in Jesus, who is the Lord and Ruler of all nations and people.