On July 4th, 1776, the Continental Congress introduced to the world the Declaration of Independence, one of the most important documents in our history.
Independence Day is our country’s most important holiday. Today as we celebrate this holiday (one that has a rich spiritual heritage), I want us to see a spiritual parallel to what Jesus did to purchase our freedom from the penalty of sin. 50 of the 55 men who signed the Declaration of Independence were Christians.
1. They were under bondage from a ruler who wanted to oppress them.
· We were in bondage and under “the prince and power of the air” – Satan.
2. They wanted to be free.
· Jesus said the truth will set you free.
· Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life…”
3. They were willing to separate themselves from that which was comfortable for a higher purpose.
· Matthew 27:46 says, “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
4. The writers of the Declaration of Independence literally gave their lives.
Five were captured by the British and tortured until they died.
Twelve had their homes burned to the ground.
Two lost their sons in the war.
· Jesus gave His life!
5. Their sacrifice provides us with freedom today!
· Jesus’ sacrifice provides us with freedom. We are set free from the penalty of sin.
Romans 6:18 says, “And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.”
We come together to acknowledge and celebrate Independence Day as a nation today! I’m grateful for the men and woman who paid the ultimate price for our freedom and I’m grateful for a God who was willing to send his son to die on a cross for our freedom.