One of the greatest blessings we enjoy is our freedom. Freedom of speech, freedom of choice, freedom to vote; the list could go on and on. Yet our freedom, as ironic as it sounds, is not free. As a matter of fact, it is just the opposite. The freedom we have was fought for and won. It has been preserved from one generation to the next, by those who have unselfishly and bravely sacrificed their lives to pay the ultimate price to gain our freedom and to defend it. Thank you to those who have served our nation in uniform. Your sacrifice does not go unnoticed or unappreciated.
There is a greater freedom however that I want to share with you. A freedom also paid for with blood. Except this freedom is not limited to any individual nation, political party, or group. It can be shared by all who sincerely want it. This freedom is the freedom from sin; from its bondage, penalty and judgment. This freedom was bought by the blood of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary. Those in the military have sacrificed for us to enjoy our freedom, but Jesus sacrificed for all who would put the faith and trust in Him.
1 Peter 2:24 "Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed."
Do you know that kind of freedom? Have you experienced salvation that is full and free? Would you like true freedom through Jesus Christ?
1. Admit that you are a sinner.
Romans 3:10 "As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one."
Romans 3:23 "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."
No one is good enough to go to Heaven on his own merit. No matter who much good we do, we still fall short.
2. Realize there is a penalty for your sin and repent.
Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death..."
Our sins come with a penalty of eternal death in a real place called Hell, being eternally separated from God. We do not have to continue to follow the path of sin though. God wants us to turn around and turn to Him.
3. Accept that Christ paid the penalty of sin for you.
Romans 5:8 "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
When Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross of Calvary, He was substitutionaly dying for you and for me in an ultimate act of sacrificial love. Jesus Christ died for sin, so you and I do not have to.
4. Know that Jesus Christ wants to give you the free gift of eternal life in Heaven.
Romans 6:23 "But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
Everlasting life is a free gift that has already been purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ.
5. Believe in Jesus Christ alone, ask Him to be your Savior.
Romans 10:13 "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."
John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."