Today is the fourth of July. Everywhere in the world, it’s the fourth of July. However, in the United States it’s a special one, it’s the Fourth of July, a national holiday, officially known as Independence Day: the day we celebrate our freedom as a country.
Freedom is important to Jesus, too. Once, when teaching at the synagogue, he read from the book of Isaiah. Isaiah proclaims freedom for the captives, the nation of Israel.
Jesus reads that text and says he fulfills it. But the captives he proclaims freedom to is not just Israel but everyone, including you and me.
Though it took a war for the United States to find freedom, freedom through Jesus is much easier, we just need to believe and follow him. That’s real freedom!