TUESDAY, JULY 5
So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. 2 And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. 3 The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins.
Romans 8:1-3 (NLT)
CELEBRATING FREEDOM: DON’T FORGET IT
Benedict Arnold is best known for his defection to the British army during the Revolutionary War. Before becoming the very symbol of treachery, Arnold was a celebrated military leader. His service (if not his name) is remembered by New York’s Boot Monument. Located in Saratoga National Park, the Boot Monument acknowledges Arnold’s time as a soldier without ever honoring the man himself. Arnold’s fighting career ended at the Battle of Saratoga, where his leg was severely wounded. While the leg healed, it was not long after that Arnold betrayed his fellows and joined the British. It’s said that a captured American soldier told Arnold that the leg wounded while fighting for America would be honored. At the same time, the rest of him would simply be hung. The monument is inscribed with the following quote: “In memory of the most brilliant soldier of the Continental Army who was desperately wounded on this spot.” (atlasobscura.com)
Monuments help us remember significant people and events. Much like Independence Day is a reminder of our nation’s struggle for freedom, the cross reminds us of the price Jesus paid to purchase our spiritual freedom. Mike reminded us in the sermon that we should never forget the significance of what Jesus did for us.
What are some regular reminders of what Jesus has done for you in your life?
Thank God for the eternal impact of what Jesus did for you and the security of your salvation. Pray that our church and nation would honor God and not forget the blessings He has poured out on us.