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Liberty for all
May 28, 2012
by Rev. Keith E. Carlson, Evangelical Covenant Church, Dassel

During this week we gather in various places to observe Memorial Day. It is a special day when we remember members of our families who have given their efforts, and some their lives, in our armed forces during times of conflict.

We gather to give honor to their memory, not because of their death, but because of the life they lived and the heritage of liberty they preserved for us, their neighbors and descendants.

We who have given our lives to Jesus Christ and bear the name Christian have realized that God’s intention is for men, women, and children to be free. He wants everyone to experience the true liberty that comes from knowing Jesus as our Lord and Savior.

As citizens throughout our country participate in local Memorial Day services, many listen again to the wonderful address that was originally shared by Abraham Lincoln as he dedicated the final resting place of those who had given their lives on the battlefield at Gettysburg.

We, who have faith in Christ, are reminded that nearly 2,000 years ago, our God brought forth into this world a new Kingdom, conceived in His grace and dedicated to freeing all who would believe.

The Apostle Paul affirms this truth for us in these words from Galatians: “For freedom Christ has set us free.” (5:1) However, unlike the national freedom for which our ancestors gave their lives, Paul is speaking of the spiritual freedom that anyone can receive through Jesus Christ.

Because of the supreme sacrifice of Jesus and His resurrection, true freedom and liberty is available to all mankind by the grace of God.

Because of His supreme sacrifice, we can be free from the bondage of sin.

Because of His supreme sacrifice, we can be free from the weight of guilt and the feeling of unworthiness.

No longer do we have to live in slavery to sin – instead, we can truly realize the dream of personal liberty by believing in the one who God sent to atone for our sins – Jesus, the Christ.

Jesus said: “…If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36)