The Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays outside of Christmas and Easter. As a nation, we have the opportunity to celebrate the relief we received in freedom from Great Britain. By then, the thirteen colonies had been in war for well over a year and the American colonies had enough evidence and support to become a free nation over the unjust monarchy they were under. And now every Fourth of July we celebrate with family and friends over fireworks, parades, barbecues and clothes draped in red, white and blue. It is a true celebration of our freedom. If we can relish this much in our constitutional freedom, how much more should we celebrate our spiritual freedom and the relief the Lord gives us from our enemies? We see that very thing in Esther 9:20-22:
20 And Mordecai recorded these things and sent letters to all the Jews who were in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus, both near and far, 21 obliging them to keep the fourteenth day of the month Adar and also the fifteenth day of the same, year by year, 22 as the days on which the Jews got relief from their enemies, and as the month that had been turned for them from sorrow into gladness and from mourning into a holiday; that they should make them days of feasting and gladness, days for sending gifts of food to one another and gifts to the poor.
Mordecai told all of God’s people to celebrate the freedom and relief God gave them over their enemies. They had specific days set aside where they feasted and sent gifts to each other and the poor in reflection of God’s deliverance. As much as this reminds me of our Fourth of July traditions (whether you believe the Britain’s were truly enemies or not?) I can’t help but to think of the celebrating God’s people today should be doing because of their spiritual freedom. This can be done each and every Sunday morning as one church comes united singing and listening to the Gospel that saved us from our sin and enemy, Satan. This can be done in reflection and remembrance of the day turned your life upside down and pursued you for a covenant that He will never ever break, not matter how messy life gets. God’s Word shows us the importance of remembering and celebrating freedom and there’s no greater freedom then the spiritual freedom we’re given from sin.
Celebrate that spiritual freedom right now by sharing what God has specifically freed you from in the comments below.
By: Erik Koliser — West Campus