June 6, 1944 will be forever known as D-Day. The allies invasion on the beaches of Normandy and the eventual victory that would be won came at a great cost. The invasion was in hope of freedom for those who had been enslaved and for the continuation of freedom for those who possessed it. On that day the liberty bell was rung and the sound was broadcasted over the radio across the nation. The inscription on the Liberty Bell is taken from scripture and says, "Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof" (Leviticus 25:10). This was known as the year of Jubilee, which occurred every 50th year and resulted Israelite slaves being set free and land returning to it's original owners.
When Jesus begin His ministry He came to His hometown of Nazareth, and as was His custom, He attended the synagogue. On that occasion Jesus read scripture from the prophet of Isaiah. Part of the passage says, "He sent me to proclaim release to the captives.....To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord" (Luke 4:18-19). Jesus then applied the passage to Himself. Just as our national freedom came at a great cost, it is also true that our freedom from sin, the grave and death was won at great cost.
The Liberty Bell is but one of many symbols across our land that weave faith in God, the scriptures, Christianity, freedom and our country together. To begin to unravel any part of it is to begin a process that will change the fabric of our nation. One of the pitfalls of freedom is forgetting the cost and principals upon which it was built and taking it for granted. Lets remember what liberty sounds like and let freedom ring.
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