Patrick Henry was one of the most well known Patriots that we hear about in history. His famous statement, “Give me Liberty, or Give me Death”, became one of the most well known, and likely, one of the most quoted statements ever made.
Henry was a “radical” during his day. He was passionate about his cause, and was likely one of the most influential early Americans.
The fact is, you can liken his passion for freedom to that of Christ. Jesus Christ made that statement, but the view of it may have been a little different. Henry’s full statement that he made in the House of Burgesses in 1775 was this, “Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, Give me Liberty, or give me Death!”
Christ, in action and statement, essentially said, “Give THEM Liberty by giving me death.” Jesus came to save the world, to set us free from sin, and to give us this Liberty. He even took it so far to die for that freedom.
He warned His followers of the hatred that would come because of the lives they would live, because they were like Him, and the world hated Him. He then took our sins upon his shoulders and bore them to the cross.
In John 8:36, Jesus said, “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” This statement of freedom rings true for each of us today, that if we are made free by the Son of God, there is nothing that can take that freedom away. If He has made us free, we are truly free indeed.
Today, as we prepare to celebrate our Independence Day, think about the sacrifice that was made on the cross of Calvary. Think about the Savior who said, “Give them Liberty by giving me death.” Jesus knew the only way we could have eternal life and freedom from the chains of sin was for Him to give it all. We are now covered in the blood of Christ and free, truly free.
Thanks to the sacrifice that was made, we no longer have to worry about tomorrow; we no longer have to be a slave to sin and are no longer sentenced to death on our own. His death gave us life and set us free. So if the Son has set you free today, you truly are free. The only question left … do you accept his gift? Do you accept this freedom?