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).
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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