Friday, July 4, 2014

Independence Day

     On this great day in 1776, there were so many key events to leading up to the freedoms of this country and to secure that freedom after that decision was made.  Here are a few of them.  

Historical Events for Year 1776 (taken from 

Jan 5th - Assembly of New Hampshire adopts its 1st state constitution
Mar 2nd - Americans begin shelling British troops in Boston
Mar 17th - British forces evacuate Boston to Nova Scotia during Revolutionary War
May 4th - Rhode Island declares independence from Britain
Jun 11th - Continental Congress creates committee (Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston) to draft a Declaration of Independence
Jun 12th - Virginia adopts Declaration of Rights
Jun 28th - Charleston, SC repulses British sea attack
Jul 4th - US congress proclaims the Declaration of Independence and independence from Britain
Jul 6th - American Declaration of Independence announced on front page of "PA Evening Gazette"
Jul 8th - Col John Nixon gave 1st public reading of Dec of Independence (Phila)
Jul 9th - Declaration of Independence is read to George Washington's troops (NY)
Aug 2nd - Formal signing of the US Declaration of Independence by 56 people
Sep 9th - Congress officially renames the country as the United States of America (Was the United Colonies)

      There is another freedom that is even more important, yes, more important than the freedoms of this great country and it is certainly a blessing to live in this country.  In addition to the great freedoms wrought by men and women over the years for the freedoms we so selfishly enjoy, is the freedom to know Christ as our personal savior.  Our founding fathers endured hardship, torture; both physical and mental, and of course the loss of loved ones.  Not even these experiences could compare to the ridicule, torture, and feeling of loss that Christ suffered for you and I.  The Bible says that we all deserve to die, simply because of the sin curse of this world.  Romans 6:23 says:

 "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life 
through Jesus Christ our Lord."

      Mere men loved the thought of freedom from Britain so much and wanted there to be freedom for generations and generations after them that they put their lives at risk. I'm sure many men and women felt that it was well deserved, and I'm sure many still do, however the fact is that the Bible claims otherwise.  Christ is the Only true Victor from the tyranny of sin.  Christ died on the cross for to be that full and complete payment of our debt, that no mere man could pay.  Romans 5:8 says:

"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, 
while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."

      The Bible says to "Believe and thou shalt be saved."  Believing on the finished work of Christ on the cross is the only way to obtain true freedom, freedom from sin.  Yes, the sin nature will still be there, but there is now a choice of sin or righteousness....the righteousness of God. 

Independence Day in this wonderful country is a blessing for all, but to have independence from the tyranny of sin is the greatest blessing one could have.  Today is independence day in this country, you could make it independence day in your heart. Believe on the Lord, Jesus Christ and be saved.