Eventually 56 men signed their names to the Declaration of Independence. All of these men were wealthy men of status, aristocrats. They knew the risk they were taking by putting their names to this document—they were risking their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor. And indeed, their bold act proved to be more than a risk. Each man paid dearly.
Now, 237 years later, we enjoy the benefits of their sacrifice, and the sacrifice of many after them: freedom. Freedom at the cost of life itself. Though the signers of the Declaration may have envisioned the liberty their decision would eventually bring, none saw it. We are the beneficiaries.
We as American Christians value our freedoms—our national freedom and, more especially, our spiritual freedom. We are thankful to live in a country in which we enjoy liberty. But even more we are eternally grateful to the Lord Jesus Christ for the freedom He has purchased for us.
The New Testament describes this wonderful emancipation Christ accomplished: “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:1-2) Because of Christ’s death and resurrection, believers in Jesus have been set free! We have been freed from condemnation for our sins (Romans 8:1) and liberated from slavery to sin (Romans 6:18).
Although we experience the freeing benefits of Christ’s work today, we have yet to fully taste the freedom He purchased. The book of Romans also reveals that one day “the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.” (8:21) What a prospect! We will one day live completely free of sin, on a new earth where there will not be one trace of sin and its pollution.
When Christ made His sacrifice, He knew clearly the great good it would accomplish. And one day He will enjoy the full fruits of His work, enthroned as King of kings and Lord of lords. By His grace, the freedom we experience now will be eclipsed by the glorious freedom of that day!