“If you abide in my word, you are, truly my disciples, and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32
The Fourth of July Celebration in the United States is huge. It marks the signing of the Declaration of Independence and is intended to be a reminder of the cost of our freedom. This nation’s forefathers were willing to risk everything for freedom…their lives as well as their livelihoods. As citizens of the United States we have much to be grateful for on this day.
Looking back on our nation’s history, it becomes obvious that the freedom’s we enjoy were predicated on truth. Our forefathers constantly reminded us that they were relying on the truths as had revealed by God in the Scriptures. They were not afraid, nor embarrassed, to be known as people who honored God and revered the truth as written in the Bible. This couldn’t be more clearly stated than when John Adam, the 2nd president of the United States, said,
“The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.”
Jesus said the “truth will set you free.” Freedom is not “getting to do what you want to do.” Freedom comes from aligning your life with the truth. When personal or national self control and sacrifice is applied to the truth, you will experience freedom.
A nation will only be as free as it aligns itself with the truth of God’s Word. An individual will only be a free as he aligns himself with the truth of God’s Word. That’s where the “fisher of men” comes in. The “fisher of men” has been commissioned as a messenger of the Gospel. The Gospel is the truth about life, forgiveness, redemption, and freedom.
I can’t think of a better time to share the Gospel. As our nation celebrates her freedom, take time to remind everyone you meet of the cost of freedom and the foundation of freedom. It’s the “truth” that “will set you free.” Bottom line…never forget that Jesus said,
“I am the way, the TRUTH, and the life; no one comes to the Father but by Me.” John 14:6