Millions of school students read and are taught about Independence Day beginning in kindergarten and continuing through senior high. We recognize the war with Great Britain liberated the colonies from British rule on July 4, 1776. As a result, there are a plethora of movies and books depicting this event. Therefore, our nation celebrates this day. However, untold numbers through the centuries have had another reason to celebrate a different kind of independence day. It is the day Jesus freed us from the bondage of sin.
Through the centuries, untold numbers have accepted his gift and experienced his word
(1 John 1:1), Godhead (Col 2:1-3), compassion (Matt 9:36), salvation (Heb 2:3), promises (2 Cor 1:20), friendship ( John 15:13), mercy (Ps 86:5), love (John 3:16), grace (Eph 2:8-9) sometimes discipline (Hebrews 12:6). That said, our Independence Day began with a belief in Jesus’s unselfish sacrifice on the cross.
God can transform anyone. Transformation may begin with someone sharing God’s word or an invitation to church. I hope many will embrace a new type of Independence Day and a new beginning- salvation! Happy 4th!