When you think about symbols of freedom, what do you see in your mind?
- An eagle in flight
- In West Africa: Fawohodie
- The American Flag
- The Buddha in a lotus position with his hand touching the ground
- The Statue of Liberty
- A photo of the Fall of the Berlin Wall
In Japan: wooden sword that was symbolic of a gladiator’s freedom
Symbols that we embrace reflect our values and help shape our thoughts and our hearts. This Sunday begins a new sermon series on Galatians called Set Free. Christians possess powerful symbols that point us to the power and freedom found in the gospel of Jesus Christ:
The descending dove: The Holy Spirit, which falls upon Christ’s followers, past, and present
The Bread and Cup: the sacrament that reminds us of the love and sacrifice of Jesus
The Cross: celebrating the depth of God’s love for us as Christ gave His life to redeem us all
The Empty Tomb: celebrating Christ’s Resurrection and new life found in our Risen Lord
As we begin this journey through Galatians, I invite you to embrace the freedom that is ours through Christ:
“For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1)
May God richly bless you with love, hope, joy, freedom, and peace in 2020!