The Cost of Freedom
When the fiftieth anniversary of our country’s birthday drew near, two great Americans closely connected with the Declaration of Independence and the establishment of our freedom – Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, were asked to participate and share a few words at celebrations taking place in New England and Virginia. John Adam’s agreed only to a short toast in his home town of Quincy Massachusetts, which was “I will give you independence forever.”
On July 4, 1826, Adam’s health was failing, and Jefferson was bedridden at his home in Monticello. While on his bed, Jefferson was asked to say something to the crowds that had gathered outside. He took his pen and wrote three words, “Freedom. Thomas Jefferson.”
Before that great day was over, the man who wrote the Declaration and the man who signed and strongly supported it passed away. They died within hours of each other. Both gave their lives in the cause of freedom.
There was another great day, another man died for the cause of a greater freedom. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died on the cross and was raised from the dead, so that all who believe in Him might be freed from the bondage of sin and death, and be given a new life in the Spirit in order to live in communion with God, and ultimately be received into the glory of God to be with Him forever.
Freedom is a great blessing that comes at a tremendous cost.