On this special weekend where we celebrate the freedom that our ancestors fought for, it seems appropriate to remember the freedom that came many centuries before that.
The New Testament speaks simply and frankly about freedom — freedom from sin and death because of the sacrifice of Our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Let’s not only remember what we have been freed from this weekend, but also what we have been freed for.
The king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’
Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’ And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’ (Matthew 25:34-40)
Happy Fourth of July!