John 8:32-36 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." 33 They answered him, "We are Abraham's descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?" 34 Jesus replied, "Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. 35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
As we get ready to celebrate the 4th of July we often think about fireworks, we remember those who fought in the Revolutionary War, and of course our freedom and independence from Great Britain. We decorate our homes or camps with American Flags as a symbol of the freedom of the USA and we celebrate with family and friends. We celebrate July 4th once a year and people know what and why we are celebrating.
Kinda like deer season! When archery season is around the corner, there is no question about what we are preparing for. People already know the answer when they see us practicing with our bows in the yard. But, as a Christian, we should be celebrating our freedom from the wages of sin and death every second of our life and living in a way that reflects that. I’m glad we don’t have to fight for our independence, but rather we can be dependent on our faith and trust in Jesus Christ and what He did for us on the cross. Eternal Life…. Now, that is something worth celebrating!
In the verse above it says, “You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free.”
Jesus reminds us in John 14:6 Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
If you watch the media these days, it’s hard to tell what truth is. But, I’m thankful that with God, we never have to guess. I hope and pray as we go about our day to day lives, especially now during these crazy times, that others can see the decoration of joy and hope on our faces, (even through a face mask) and that we have the courage to tell others why we are celebrating. Then maybe they will want to know the truth, so He can set them free.
Chairman Kari Mihal- Almost Heaven Archers, West Virginia