Today we will celebrate our independence from Great Britain. July 4th is not the actual day we ‘earned’ that independence. It’s not even the day that the Declaration of Independence was written and signed, but it is the day it was voted on and ratified that we would declare our freedom from the King. The 56 men who signed the document over the next couple months, knew they were signing their own death sentence, but they knew it was the right thing to do for this country.
Imagine the strength of their conviction to know that what they were doing would mean the King would call for their head. This was not a decision to enter into lightly. Knowing they would die for this decision, they still made it, still signed their name to that document. That document led to a war that took a lot of blood before we won. Our independence was called for by a document but paid for by the blood of so many. Our congress created a holiday and called for it to be celebrated with parades and fireworks to remember the importance of that day.
There’s another independence that was also paid for by blood, the blood of a sacrificial lamb, the blood of Jesus Christ. Prior to His crucifixion, we were slaves to the Law. Failure to live up to the completely fulfillment of the Law carried the payment of death. When Jesus paid that price on our behalf (having not failed to fulfill the Law Himself), His blood paid for our failure, for our sins. As a result, we are FREE.
But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:22-23).
So when you go out to celebrate the freedom we have in the USA paid for by the blood of our forefathers, take time to recognize the ultimate freedom we have that was paid for by the blood of Christ.