The Cost Of Liberty

Liberty is a wonderful word.  It speaks of freedom, especially freedom of choice.  Under a dictatorship or slavery, you have no choices as to your own personal wants and desires. However I have found that freedom usually has a price.

To earn their liberty from the unfair treatment of England, the American Revolution cost over 6800 American lives.  That was a lot considering the overall population of the small colonies at that time.

To maintain the integrity of the United States of America, the American Civil cost the lives of over 1,691,851 people.

To fight again the Germans in World War I, who threatened the liberty of the free world, it cost over 22,480,000 lives.

To again preserve their freedom in World War II from German and Japanese occupation, it cost the lives of over 73 million people.

It seems pretty obvious that liberty has a price, and it is usually the price of blood.

Fighting for the freedom of some people had a great cost.  Can imagine the cost of providing liberty for all mankind?  Again, it was the price of blood.  Only this time, no amount of mere human blood could pay the price for this incredible need.

Our Father God knew that no amount of human blood could earn this liberty or freedom from Satan, who had enslaved all of humanity.

John 3: 16 tells us that God so loved the world that He sent His Son, the Son God, to pay the ultimate price for the freedom of all mankind.

Only the blood of God, Himself, was valuable enough to pay the price for the freedom of mankind.

I Peter 1: 18 – 19 reveals to us the incredible price that was paid for our freedom, liberty, redemption and salvation.

“Forasmuch as you know that you were not redeemed with corruptible things as silver and bold, from our vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.”

That is why once you received by faith what Jesus did for you, it becomes a lifetime of appreciation by prayer, going to church and getting to know this wonderful savior who willingly shed His blood and suffered our punishment in Hell so that we might have the freedom and liberty from the control of the devil.

The next time you consider and grieve over the many who gave their lives for your freedom in our country, consider the incredible price paid by one who gave His life for your liberty in this life and the promise of eternal life for those who place their trust in Him who died for your sins.

- Pastor Jim
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