Pristine Grace

Death, The Price of Freedom
by Bruce Crabtree
Death, The Price of Freedom

    Some of our young people, it's sad to say neither know, nor seem to care, what the price of freedom can cost. I read a letter Abraham Lincoln wrote to a mother who had five sons killed in the civil war. This is what he wrote:

Dear Madam

I have been shown in the files of the war department a statement of the adjutant general of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously in the field of battle.  I feel how weak and fruitless must be any words of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming.  But I cannot refrain from tendering to you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the republic they died to save.  I pray that our heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.

Yours very sincerely and respectfully, Abraham Lincoln.

    If it hasn't been taken down, or torn down, this letter stills hangs on the walls at Oxford University.

    Those who can dismiss such a sacrifice with a mere shrug of the shoulders -or worse, a disgusting laugh, neither love human life nor place any value upon freedom.

    What was the price for our freedom from sin and the judgment of God upon it? What price had to be paid to free us from the curse of God's broken law? Nothing short of the death of God's only begotten Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

    What a price! All humanity dying  at once as a sacrifice could not obtain such freedom. "Free from the law, oh happy condition, Jesus has bled (there is the price - paid and accepted), and now there's remission."

    Those  who can live without a heart hunger for an interest in this freedom, do not love him who died, neither do they know anything about the awful slavery they are presently in to sin and the devil.

"Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherefore Christ hath made us  free,  and  be  not  entangled  again with the yoke of bondage" - Gal 5:1