We've just finished viewing the film "Lincoln". As the spiritual reality of the freedom of Easter dawns across America this morning, it has been greatly impressed upon us that, if not for the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, what occurred under our 16th President with the crushing of slavery would have been nothing more than a dream.
How privileged and undeservedly blessed we all are to have been born into a time when so much of what Christ purchased for the world has come to fruition under the political and constitutional umbrella of freedom that we as Americans freely take for granted every day.
James, the earthly brother of our Lord, may well have been speaking of our Christian brother in arms, Abraham Lincoln, when he said:
"...he who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing." -James 1:25
The apostle Paul echoed this when, speaking of the blood-bought spiritual man, he says:
"For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery."
So as we all "eagerly groan within ourselves", we look forward to the day that all of God's redeemed children are fully and finally delivered from our bodies of death, and we come together to look upon the glorious face of:
"him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen." -Revelation 1:5&6
Happy Easter to all.