July, 7 2021 - This past Sunday was July 4th. A day that we celebrate as “Independence Day” All over America, in communities large and small, people were celebrating and observing this day in a variety of ways. Yet, as we pause and remember those who began this quest for freedom on July 4, 1776, and we celebrate our independence and freedom, how often do we pause to reflect and remember the one who gave us the ultimate freedom?
Every Lord’s Day, in communities large and small, in churches large and small, Christians gather to remember the one who gives us freedom from the bondage of sin. It is something that is observed every Lord’s day. We come to the table with a small piece of unleavened bread and a small cup of fruit of the vine. Things that have no value in themselves. Yet, because they are emblematic of the body and blood of my Lord, the one who bought our freedom from sin with his death on the cross, they have value to us.
The night he was betrayed, Jesus took bread, blessed it and told his disciples that it was his body that was broken for them. He also took the cup and told them it represented the New Testament in his blood. He further told them as often as they ate the break and drank the cup they showed his death until he came again.
Jesus bought our freedom from sin with his blood shed on Calvary’s hill. We celebrate that every Lord’s day. Is that as important to you as the freedom we enjoy in America?
It’s something to think about… tbp
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