In 1776 on July 2nd, the Continental Congress of the 13 colonies voted in favor of independence from Great Britain. There was almost a unanimous vote. Two days later, the Declaration of Independence was adopted by its delegates. This historic document reminds us of why we celebrate July 4th today. This patriotic day became more widely known after the war of 1812. Then in 1870, the United States Congress made July 4th a federal holiday.
During the American Revolution we lost many of our countrymen to fight for our freedom against the British. Our freedom came at a great cost.
Over the years, the importance of this holiday has changed. The birth of American independence began on July 4th, 1776 and continues today. The American flag is the most common of the symbols for this holiday. Barbecues and fireworks are a major focus of getting together and celebrating. Somehow the reason for the July 4th holiday, and the cost for our freedom that was paid, isn’t as clear as it used to be. Many people don’t know what happened, or have forgotten.
Likewise we can never forget what Jesus did for us. Our victory over sin came at a great cost, which was Jesus’ death. He paid the penalty for our sins; sins past, present and future.
Jesus said to the people who believed in him, ”You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31)
So if the son sets you free, you are truly free. (John 8:36)
So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. (Romans 8:1-2)
We must remind our children frequently that freedom comes at a great cost; both our nation’s freedom, and our soul’s.