America has had a long history of struggles against those seeking to destroy the freedoms we so cherish. Many saw fit to pay freedom’s worth at home and on the front lines in service to this great nation and we honor them – especially those who paid for freedom with their very lives.
And yet, as much as we hold our civic freedoms as a core value, there is a higher form of freedom.
You’ve heard the saying, “You will know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” Typically, it’s used to highlight an education’s importance. But have you ever stopped to appreciate the context of this quote? It actually comes from the bible in The Book of John, Chapter 8.
28So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man on the cross, then you will understand that I Am he. I do nothing on my own but say only what the Father taught me. 29And the one who sent me is with me—he has not deserted me. For I always do what pleases him.” 30Then many who heard him say these things believed in him.
31Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. 32And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
33“But we are descendants of Abraham,” they said. “We have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean, ‘You will be set free’?”
34Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin. 35A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son is part of the family forever. 36So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.”
There is a lot in this passage, but let me point out a few things:
- Your social status is probably not that of a slave, but you can still be a slave to the effects of sin. Even in America.
- The key to true freedom is the truth found in Christ. Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6 (NKJV)
- Christ’s business is to take people from slave-ship to son-ship and that is where true freedom resides.
Freedom is more than the right to choose our next president or the right to do what we want, when we want. Real freedom is freedom from sin that gives us the ability to live our life the way God destined it – free and without hindrance. To truly know the value of freedom, we must understand the price that was paid to obtain it.
Freedom is so precious that God was willing to pay the highest price for it.
6 So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. 7 He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.8 He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding. Ephesians 1:6-8 (NLT)