Independence Day for God’s People: Sunday Devotion #10

John 8:10-11 When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”

John 19: 30 So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.

On yesterday, Americans celebrated the Fourth of July, their independence from the British. Thinking back to the fireworks that went on and on last evening, I am reminded of another day when freedom was accomplished, the day when Jesus gave His life for the sins of the world, for John 8:36 declares, “So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.”

The story of the encounter between the woman caught in adultery and her Savior has always refreshed me, for it speaks of His compassion and love and lack of condemnation for one of His daughters. Her salvation was the reason he had come into the world, for God was doing a new thing (Isaiah 43:19).

On a cross at Calvary, he died for the sins of the world, finishing the Salvation Plan of our heavenly Father, so that those who believe in Him would not perish, but would have everlasting life. And on the third morning, He rose with all power in His hands, and we became free from the bondage of sin, no longer condemned.

The apostle Paul said it best in Romans 8:1, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Let us live in thankfulness for the One who paid it all, so that we could experience true freedom, not taking our independence for granted. Instead, let us love our God and all of our neighbors, for these are our commands. Our love allows the world to know that we are God’s people.

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