Bible Reading: John 8:1-32
It was in 1776 the Liberty Bell was rung for the first time. Fifty years later on July 4, 1826, it ushered in what was known as the Jubilee Anniversary of the American Republic. The bell, now cracked, no longer tolls but it is still very much a symbol of our freedom.
No doubt our forefathers were well acquainted with the Bible so it is not surprising that they associated liberty with a bell. You may recall that on the Day of Atonement, the High Priest went alone into the Holy of Holies to offer a sacrifice for the nation of Israel. When he entered the tabernacle he had on a beautiful robe. At the bottom of that robe was a series of tiny bells (Exodus 28:33-34). As the priest moved inside the Holy of Holies the bells could be heard, but when it was time for the sacrifice to be made the High Priest would take off the robe and it could not be put on again until God had accepted the sacrifice for sins. When the people would once again hear the bells there was great rejoicing for they knew that God had accepted the sacrifice and their sins were forgiven.
Christ, our Great High Priest, also laid aside His garments of Glory and made atonement for us. As a result, the spiritual liberty bell of freedom can ring out anthems of joy for we are free – not because of our effort but because of Jesus. You too can be free today if you would but trust Jesus as your Savior. John 8:32, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
What to do:
✞ Thank God today for your “spiritual” freedom.
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