“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
John 8:36, NIV
Since the tragic event of September 11, 2001, there has been a sweeping rise in national patriotism. Once lost in our communities, schools, and other institutions, pride for America is at an all-time high. The record performance of our athletes at the last Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah, gave further evidence of this return to patriotism.
The children of our church presented the musical, AmeriKids by Kathie Hill, Genevox, and Dovetail Music. I was particularly moved by the words of a song entitled, “Bought With a Price.”
“As children born in America we’re given a gift at birth: the freedom to choose our way in the greatest land on earth. As children we learn in America this gift we have wasn’t free. A great price was paid and sacrifices made to claim our liberty.”
“Bought with a price, bought with a price; for freedom to be born someone had to die. And we hold dear this gift of life, knowing it was bought with a price.”
The song goes on to speak of the soldiers who fought for America. But one man would die, not just for America, but for all men. We, who are His children, bear His name because of His gift on Calvary. This gift of freedom (salvation and eternal life) cannot be earned through any effort on our part. We are designed with a great capacity for God; and sin is what keeps us from God. Sin is what keeps us from experiencing true freedom. Even the great heroes of America cannot pay the price God demands. To save my soul, Jesus Christ alone gave His life to place me in God’s hand. We do not “fight” to gain our freedom, but we “surrender” everything to God in order to achieve freedom.
QUESTION: Are you free today? Do you trust God for your eternal freedom that is only available through Jesus Christ?