Freedom. This year at Easter, there was a renewal of freedom for me. Our church had an incredible service, with a "tomb" on the left side of the stage. The stone was rolled back, the inside was dark. And empty.
Songs like "Celebrate Jesus" and "Shout to the Lord" have always been favorites of mine. I've heard them sung in Portuguese and Russian, and no matter where you are in the world, people understand the concept, and price, of freedom.
Galatians 5:1 says, "Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage." (NKJV) In Christ, we are free.
Free from fear, from worry, from doubt. Free from the stain of guilt. From the burden of sin. Freedom is a precious thing, something bought with blood and sacrifice. While the pull of sin always haunts us and its guilt may still plague us, we have the reality and blessing of being free in Christ.
We celebrate freedom not just at Easter, or on the fourth of July for a blessed country. We can celebrate it every day. And live it every day as well.