In America, we are celebrating Independence Day on July 4th. The beginning of this freedom and the maintenance of it has come to us at enormous cost of lives and many other tangible and intangible assets. Unfortunately, we have come to a point in our nation when the values that were fought for are being discarded as being of no value.
This should be a reminder of another freedom that has come to us at infinite cost – that which we as humans cannot measure. Yes, I am referring to the price Jesus paid on the cross, in His death, to free us from the judgment of God on our sin. In a world where even segments of the church are becoming ‘soft’ on using the word “sin” as offensive, we need to revisit God’s attitude toward sin and what it cost to purchase our freedom form it. I point you to several key Scriptures:
“For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23) reveals the seriousness of sin. “Do you suppose, O man—that you will escape the judgment of God?” (2:3). “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (3:23).
There could be only one possible solution to man’s sinful condition. It required a “sinless” substitute (2 Corinthians 5:21) to pay the penalty God required for sin and purchase our freedom by total and complete forgiveness. God had the solution and “did not spare His own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32). The second half of chapter 6:23 is, “but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Our freedom from sin has come at a cost we cannot calculate. Tomorrow we will look at the dangers we face that attempt to undermine our freedom. For now, let your heart be filled with praise to God stepping into our plight and paying the ultimate price for our freedom.
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