Bible Commentary: “Independence Day”

July 4, 2015 at 8:02 am | Posted in Bible Commentary | Leave a comment
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“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” (2 Corinthians 3:17)

For the benefit of our international readers today we celebrate Independence Day in the United States.  Independence Day is the day when we remember the men of the second Constitutional Congress who created and signed the Declaration of Independence and gave birth to a new country.

In 1776 The United States were only 13 colonies of Great Britain. King George was in a number of wars at that time and as a means of financing those wars he passed heavy taxation on the Colonies. Americans have always been a feisty bunch and didn’t like the law and tried to get it repealed but to no avail. John Adams, from Massachusetts, stood up and declared that the Colonies must be free from the laws of Great Britain.  Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia agreed with him and together they drafted the Declaration of Independence. This was treason and disloyalty to the crown and punishable by death. Franklin told the members of Congress if we do not hang together we shall surely hang separately.” Independence from the motherland was unheard of then what they were doing was creating a precedent that other countries followed later. These men of the Second Constitutional Congress set us free from the laws of Great Britain and their monarchy and gave us liberty in this great land of ours, liberty that men have been willing to die for all these many years.

In the same manner over 2000 years ago The Lord Jesus began His ministry by reading from the Prophet Isaiah, “The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:  “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down” (Luke 4:17-20 NIV).  Don’t miss this, He rolled back up the scroll and sat down! You sit down when you have finished the work and Jesus rolled up the scroll and sat down. He had proclaimed it and it was so. We have been given our freedom and our liberty and we have it all in Jesus. He has given us life and that much more abundantly, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10 NIV).

On this Liberty Day, if you would like to share some testimony of how Jesus has set you free we would be glad to celebrate in your experience.  We will not share any messages we receive unless given permission. We only provide an opportunity to testify of the greatness of Jesus in our lives.

Child of God – Never forget that by the death of Jesus you have been set free from the law of sin and death and have been granted eternal life in heaven if you have accepted Jesus as your own. “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:1-2 NIV).

Our prayer:
Lord, thank you for the many times that you have given me freedom from spiritual strongholds in my life. Where before I was being held captive of old patterns or ways of life, now I’m free to follow you and serve you as you want. Only you can give me real freedom. Thank you for a new life. Amen.

If you want to have a personal relationship with Jesus as your Lord and Savior pray: “Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and that out of love for me you willingly sacrificed your life so that I may live. I repent of all my sins and open my heart to you as my Lord and Savior. Amen.

If you prayed this prayer for the first time or if you have any questions please contact us. We would love to hear from you.

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