We are nearing once again our annual national celebration remembering the day in 1776 that independence was declared by a small fledging nation-to-be, one day to become the greatest nation on earth, a nation seen around the world and respected for one grand idea – freedom. This freedom was chartered upon great documents, the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and with great care and wisdom amended through the years. During this annual celebration we also remember those who paid the ultimate price to secure and keep our freedoms, the many men and women who sacrificially gave so that we may enjoy the freedoms we have. We say, “thank you.”
Does it seem to you that many of these freedoms appear to be drifting away like the morning mist? Throughout history we find that freedoms can be taken away. My message today, though, is to convey a freedom that can be secure no matter what the turmoil on earth or in a nation may be. A man from ancient days in Israel sought the freedom that is higher than any other. This man was David and he cried out to God in his day, “In my anguish I cried out to the Lord, and He answered by setting me free.” In another time David calls to the Lord, “Set me free from my prison that I may praise Your name.” What is this prison? David writes a song about it, Psalm 129, and in it he sings, “But the Lord is righteous; He has cut me free from the cords of the wicked.” This is real freedom; freedom from evil, freedom from the wicked things of earth, freedom from my own wicked heart! Isaiah the prophet wrote about someone who would come and have the power to do this for us, the power to set us free from the entanglements of sin and evil. The Lord Jesus quoted this same Isaiah and said it applied to Himself: The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. (Isaiah 61; Luke 4)
We often hear the phrase, “you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” The Lord Jesus said this and in the same conversation also said, “everyone who sins is a slave to sin.” The truth that sets someone free is that Jesus came to set the captives free; captives to sin, that is, and to release us from the darkness of evil, to which we are prisoners until Jesus breaks the bonds. Jesus has the power to do this for you because He died on Calvary, on that awful cross, to bear yours and my sins. He carried that heavy burden of sin. He paid that heavy price that you could not pay. He did it for you.
True freedom is knowing the Lord Jesus. It is possible to be really free.
David called out to God and so can you.