In order to freely serve God, they realized they could not stay in England.
In search of a new home, the Pilgrims arrived on “American” soil to begin a new life. Then, after many years, in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was signed. Freedom at last!
After revisions and rewording, the Declaration of Independence was approved on July 4, 1776. John Adams wrote a letter to his wife, Abigail, saying that he felt that this would be the most memorable time in the history of America. He believed that in generations to come, the day would be celebrated with great festivals. He thought it should be celebrated with parades, shows, games, bells, bonfires and sport.
Well, John Adams certainly saw the future! From that time to now, July 4 comes every year with all kinds of festivities to celebrate a day of deliverance.
But Independence Day is more than parades, festivals, ice cream, watermelon and fireworks. It means more than a national holiday when you can go on a long weekend vacation with your friends or family.
It is a day to celebrate that we enjoy freedom. Do you enjoy the freedom of being able to go to the church of your choice? Do you enjoy the ability to express your beliefs and opinions freely? We owe it to the men and women who trained, worked, fought and died to make that possible. July 4 is a time set aside to celebrate the freedoms for which they gave their lives.
There is Another who gave His life for your freedom. Yes, that is Jesus. He chose to leave the comforts of His heavenly home to live in the enemy’s territory. He wanted to be acquainted with the struggles you face and endure so He would best know how to rescue and help you. He fought the battle that rages between good and evil so that you can live free—free in Him from sin, stress, guilt and worry.
Jesus has given you another special day to remember—a day off, not just once a year, but every day of the week for you to escape the worries of the world and focus on His love and care for you.
It’s a day to spend with family and friends—a day to enjoy the wonderful creation of His hands. He set this day apart for communion with Him in the very beginning after He created Adam and Eve. He declared this a blessing in the very middle of His Ten Commandments: the Sabbath.
Don’t you think you owe it to Jesus to take the time to celebrate this wonderful memorial of His creatorship? The Sabbath day is a memorial not only of Jesus’ creation of the world, but also of His ability to create in you a new and clean heart. When this war between good and evil is finally finished, you can live with Him in the New Earth, where you will be completely free. Now that is real freedom!
Don’t forget to take the time to thank Jesus for fighting, dying and living for your freedom. Enjoy His day of deliverance—the Sabbath—and celebrate the freedom He gave you!
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