Today is a very special day as we celebrate the freedom and independence of our country. Our independence came at a very high price with many lives that have been sacrificed over these last 200+ years. I can't help but also think of the ultimate sacrifice that was paid when our Lord and Savior willing gave His life for each and every one of us. (Yes...you!)
John 3:16 KJV says that, "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." I know this verse by heart. It has been grounded into my very being. It was not until about 15 years ago that I read it in the Amplified translation of the Bible:
"For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life." John 3:16 AMP
I love it! As you celebrate our Independence Day and the freedom in our country, take a few moments to also ponder on the freedom that you receive in Christ.