Matthew 16:25 NLT
If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.
Today we remember our forefathers winning the battles for our independence; freedom from England's rule over us. That was a long time ago and the world is not the same. We still celebrate that freedom and many want to come to this country because of it.
Jesus is not talking about our freedom from the rules and oppression of another nation; the life that differs from being under a republic such as ours or being under the rule of one person leading a county.
No, Jesus is speaking about our mortal existence and our eternal one. He is speaking to hanging on to the things of this world. Are we willing to give them up? Are we willing to give up the pleasures of the flesh and follow Him?
If we believe in Jesus, that He came to earth to save us, died on the cross for all our transgressions, and was resurrected on the third day and is now sitting at the right hand of the Father in heaven, then we are born again. We are born into a new life, We are saved from the effects of this world. We will live in eternity with Jesus.
Our forefathers gave up their lives for our independence. We give up our lives here for a better life in eternity with Jesus. There is no better freedom than that. Praise Jesus!