In April 1775 members of the British Army went to Concord, Massachusetts to seize a weapons cache. They were confronted by the local militia and a running battle ensued. This would be the start of the Revolutionary War between Great Britain and the American colonies. Nearly fifteen months later the Americans declared their independence on July 4th, 1776. The colonists were determined to throw off the shackles of King George and the tyranny of the British throne. Despite their declaration in 76, the war would continue through 1782 until the Treaty of Paris was signed in 1783.
In the year of 1812, Britain and the United States were at war yet again. It might be safe to say that those who seek to be free of men’s chains and the tyranny of the State must always be at war. This world is the domain of the Evil One and clanking links and slavery to all of vice and violence, power and persuasion, is his modus operandi. He is Amalek who wars against the Lord from generation to generation. (Exodus 17:16) Yet many yearn for true freedom and liberty. In fact, millions and millions of history’s citizens have come to a day when they have made their own declaration of independence – a declaration just as Simon Peter made in the above scripture. Therein is found true freedom and liberty that will never cease. Yet just as the war continued for America long after the declaration of 1776 (and even today), warfare against the enemy of our souls will go on as long as we live upon the earth. It went on for Peter just as it will go on for us.
Nevertheless, in Jesus Christ, the chains of any kind lay undone at our feet. We are the only ones able to reattach them. Are you and I living today in true freedom and liberty? Have we made our own declaration of independence from all that seeks to keep us bound? With our own mouth have we said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God!?”