Independence Day is a wonderful time to rehearse and remember our freedom to be a sovereign nation with a representative form of government made up of citizens duly elected by their fellow citizens. Long ago passionate patriots fought for and secured freedom from a repressive royal regime in order to form a new nation of laws and leaders enacted and elected by “we the people”.
Independence Day is also an appropriate time for us to freshly remind ourselves of a far greater freedom secured for us, not by an army of patriots, but by the Son of God and the Savior of the world. Through His life, death and resurrection, Jesus went to war against the power of sin and death in order to liberate the human race from oppressive bondage and into glorious life and liberty. Where once mankind was clothed and covered in garments of fear and futility, now mankind could be clothed and covered in garments of freedom and fullness.
Isaiah 61:1-11 prophesied concerning a coming Servant who would appear on the earthly scene with a mission and ministry to declare and provide liberty to those bound and imprisoned by sin and sadness, and to clothe them with salvation, righteousness, praise, and joy.
He came to provide the garment of salvation (Isaiah 61:10). No longer would anyone have to wear the torn and tattered rags of sin’s penalty and power. Instead, everyone could be clothed in forgiveness and favor through turning to the Living and Liberating God through Jesus Christ, the Author of Liberation.
He came to provide the garment of righteousness (Isaiah 61:10). No longer would anyone have to be dressed in the attire of disgrace. Instead, everyone could be clothed in royal robes of righteousness—presenting to the world a people saved and set apart by God’s redeeming work through Jesus.
He came to provide the garment of praise (Isaiah 61:3). No longer would anyone have to be covered by the spirit of hurt and heaviness. Instead, everyone could be clad in a coat and covering of potent and powerful praise for God’s greatness and goodness.
He came to provide the garment of joy (Isaiah 61:10). No longer would anyone have to put on the drab and colorless wardrobe of dullness in one’s soul. Instead, everyone could be donned in the delight of the brilliant blessings of a great and gracious God.
Remember: We are called by Jesus to put off the tattered rags of sin and the sackcloth of sadness, and to put on the glorious garments of freedom in Him—the garment of salvation, the garment of righteousness, the garment of praise, and the garment of joy.