Wednesday, July 29, 2015


Tradition tells of a chime that changed the world on July 8, 1776, with the Liberty Bell ringing out from the tower of Independence Hall summoning the citizens of Philadelphia to hear the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence.
          There is widespread disagreement about when the first crack appeared on the Bell, but the final expansion of the crack—which rendered the Bell unringable—was on Washington’s birthday in 1846.
          As American citizens, we are the beneficiaries of the blood and treasure sacrificed for the freedoms we enjoy today, but as Christians, we are the beneficiaries of the greatest sacrificed blood and treasure the world has ever known:  the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who left His throne in heaven to become one of us, to gain for us a different kind of freedom . . . an eternal freedom that came at great cost to Himself:  crucifixion on a wooden Cross!
         This freedom is brought to us through the Gospel!  The Gospel is God’s Liberty Bell, ringing out the Good News of our Savior’s death on the cross, where we learn of His shed blood covering our sins and His resurrection from the grave, bringing us forgiveness, new life and life everlasting!
          All who believe in Jesus Christ have been given the freedom from the curse of the law, the power of sin, and the fear of death.  And thanks to Christ’s work of redemption, all believers have been freed for hearing and following His Word, serving Him and others, and proclaiming His Gospel of “spiritual freedom” to all people, of every nation!  Jesus Himself declares, “If you hold to My teaching, you are really My disciples.  Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free….  If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”  (John 8:31-32, 36) – Now that’s TRUE FREEDOM!