Independence Day

Posted: July 4, 2013 in Devotional

Luke 4:17-19, (17) And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written: (18) "The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; (19) to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD."

On July 4th, 1776, our nation’s fathers put their name to a document that made them traitors in the eyes of King George III of England, all in the name of liberty.  They desired freedom, and they believed in it so strongly that they were willing to die in its cause.  For their steadfastness and sacrifice, we as a nation are grateful, and we remember every year as we celebrate Independence Day.

That’s for the United States of America.  But as believers in Jesus Christ, we have an even greater freedom that we can celebrate and remember.  We have freedom from death and the slavery of sin, all through the work of the One who was steadfast to the mission given Him by God the Father, and sacrificed His very life for us when He died upon the cross.

On the Sabbath day in Nazareth recorded in Luke 4, Jesus had recently returned from the temptations He faced in the wilderness, and a period of ministry in Galilee.  The news of Him was starting to spread around the region, and the synagogue in Nazareth was likely proud to welcome its hometown son back to participate in the worship that morning.  As He did, Jesus shocked them all when He read from Isaiah 61 and proclaimed the prophecy fulfilled in their hearing.

His proclamation was and is nothing less than the statement that He is the long-awaited Messiah, the One empowered by the Holy Spirit to bring the ultimate good news to Israel and to all the world.  He brings the good news of freedom.  The poor are lifted out of their suffering as they find their eternal provision in Christ.  The brokenhearted find comfort in their grief as they turn to the Lord who loves them and makes it possible for them to be comforted by God.  And those who are enslaved to sin – to those who have been oppressed by their nature and habits, who face eternal separation from the God who created them – Jesus offers liberty and makes that liberty a reality.  We have true freedom in Christ!

What will you remember this year as you celebrate Independence Day?  Certainly we can be grateful to our founding fathers, and we can show our appreciation for the men and women who currently serve in our armed forces to keep our nation free.  We can pray for kings and all those in authority (1 Timothy 2:2).  More than all of these things, may we remember the freedom that we have through Jesus Christ.  Because of Jesus, we are free to worship God.  Because of Jesus, we are free from the fear of death.  Because of Jesus, we are free to be filled with the Holy Spirit and to live for God’s glory.

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for setting us free!

  1. timburns says:

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