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What must it be like to not be guilty? Now you’re probably thinking; “I know exactly what it feels like to be innocent, I haven’t done anything wrong! I’m not guilty.”

And you would be a little indignant that I would even suggest that you are guilty of any wrongdoing. OK, so I’ll apologize right off the bat.

But Paul tells us in the 8th chapter of the book of Romans in verse one that “There is no condemnation now for those in Christ Jesus because the Spirit’s law of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death”: Holman Study Bible. WOOHOO! WE’RE FREE! That means we are innocent...doesn’t it? Not necessarily. Oh crud! What a downer this guy is! Paul tells us that we are set free IF we are in Christ Jesus! Then there is no condemnation, no guilty verdict sentencing us to eternal punishment. Ah! Therein lies the rub as Mr. Shakespeare once said. So now, what we have to do is make sure we Aare in Christ Jesus. We do that by repenting of our sins, we do that by asking Him to come into our lives. We do that by following His commandments, by loving Him and others and treating others as we would have them treat us. We do that, we become “in” Christ by loving the God who created us.

Just a little while back, we in this country celebrated the 238th anniversary of the signing of our Declaration of Independence. We had a really good time with all of the picnics, fireworks displays and family gatherings but did we stop to think what that Declaration actually meant? It means we are free from oppression from those who would keep us captive. It means we are free to come and go around this big beautiful country from one state to another with very little hampering us. We fought for that freedom and sometimes we fight to maintain it. We pay a price for the freedoms we enjoy. Many people, men and women, paid the ultimate price for our freedoms; they paid with their very lives. One man paid the price for our freedom from sin; that Man, Jesus Christ. He paid our price with His life... and then He was resurrected to sit at the right hand of God the Father and He is waiting for you to reach out to Him to bring you home as Martin Luther King Jr. said: “Free, free at last.”

Pastor Lee Iden
Herrington Bethel UMC