Freedom’s Grand Display

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Freedom’s Grand Display

1“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1 NIV

One of my favorite things about celebrating Independence Day has to be fireworks. As a child I was afraid of the noise, but as I grew older that fear gave way to the sight and spectacle of a grand fireworks display. Observing the glow of explosive color reflected in smiling jaw-dropped faces I have often sensed the unmistakable power of a shared experience. 

Sadly, the beauty of such explosive power on display rarely takes us beyond the moment enough to ponder the meaning of those bombs bursting in air.  At the heart of this cataclysmic collision of gunpowder and flash, radiant color and lingering smoke beats the sound and smell of great sacrifice.  

Consider the generations who came before us who drew an un-crossable line in freedom’s soil. They endured great loss in defense of our God birthed inalienable rights. Yet if freedom’s fight stands apart from salvation in Christ Jesus, it falls short of the liberating truth it represents.  

From the moment sin entered the heart of man a beautiful explosive display of God’s redeeming power drenched in the blood of sacrifice began to unfold. Every time the forces of darkness try to strengthen the grip of sin’s enslavement, God’s plan of redemption in Christ Jesus explodes on the scene in a glorious display of grace accessed by faith, in the sinless Son given for all. Yet our call as redeemed isn’t merely to watch in wonder and appreciation.

We embody that display as our daily life explodes with amazing power and awesome brightness. We live our lives in such a way that people would see and be drawn to a celebration of our own death, burial and resurrection in Christ. Might our prayer and greatest hope be that those still bound by the chains of captivity would join our shared experience in knowing and following Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior!  

22 “For he who was called in the Lord as a bondservant is sa freedman of the Lord. Likewise he who was free when called is ta bondservant of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 7:22 ESV

Only as a bondservant of Jesus Christ is true liberty found. Our Independence Day was ratified at the resurrection of Jesus, as He conquered death and hell, taking captivity captive, triumphing over the grave to procure our freedom forever. As a result we can now live as explosive and beautiful fireworks that shine gloriously on display for the whole world to see. Talk about a grand display of freedom! 
 
Pastor James Wheeler
Worship Pastor
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