Children's Bible Ministry

Freedom

librtybl.wmf (8964 bytes)In the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania there is a famous bell called the Liberty
Bell.  There is part of a Bible verse on that bell which reads, "proclaim liberty
throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof" (Leviticus 25:10).
Freedom is wonderful. There are many in other lands who suffer under cruel
leaders. We in the United States can be thankful for a free country. We have our
problems to be sure, but we still enjoy some of the greatest freedom the world has
known.
The question comes though, are we really free? There is another kind of freedom.
We can be free from guilt. We can be free from the power and penalty of sin.
Thousands have died to give us a free country. We can be proud of them and
thankful for them. But to be free from the power and guilt of sin One gave His life.
He is none other than the God-Man, Jesus Christ, the Lord. The Lord Jesus said,
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the
gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach
deliverance to the captives . . . " (Luke 4:18). Again He said, "You shall know the
truth, and the truth shall make you free"(John 8:32).
The truth is that we are sinners, separated from holy, pure, righteous God. We
cannot save or rescue ourselves from the punishment due us because of our
wrongdoing. Our good works cannot help us, no matter how many we do. The Lord
Jesus Christ is the only One Who can forgive our sins and give us peace with God.
He alone can free us from the penalty of sin and the power of sin. He not only can,
but He wants to do it. "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal
life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Rom 6:23).
Cross.wmf (1830 bytes)This is why the Lord Jesus died and arose again–"Christ died for our sins
according to the scriptures . . . he was buried . . . he rose again the third day
according to the scriptures" (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).
You must receive Him into your life by faith, trusting Him alone to forgive you and
save you and set you free. "If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be
free indeed" (John 8:36). "But as many as received him, to them gave he power
to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name." (John 1:12).
"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house" (Acts
16:31).

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