What is the price of freedom?
Those who are born free in this world may not understand. Freedom is always bought with blood.
It is borne in the wake of adversity and strife. If we truly understood its price we would never see it the same way again nor would we take it for granted.
While we have heard the stories of great battles, perhaps even examined the tactics of those who fought them, what most have not experienced is what it is like to look out over a field littered with blood soaked lifeless bodies.
Millions have died in the hopes of achieving freedom; millions more in its defense.
Yet for all of man’s shed blood the freedom won on such battlefields is only temporal.
Yet there was a battlefield where the victor won man’s freedom once and for all.
Strangely it was the victor who suffered and died. Like all the greatest battles most have heard of it, but do we comprehend the price that was paid?
Do we grasp the significance of what victory on that battlefield made available to us?
Jesus was mocked. He was brutally beaten with fists. He was whipped in a manner almost unfathomable.
Then what was left of His mangled body was driven through with spikes to pin Him to a tree.
There He hung in agony until eventually He suffocated. Somewhere in those moments His heart also burst.
Examining the account one might think this is the story of a terrible defeat.
Yet Jesus was not any man and His sacrifice bought the freedom of all who will receive it.
What’s more, on the third day He rose again. Death could not keep Him in the grave and thus He is victor like no other.
Yet this, the most significant battle of all time, is seen only at face value.
So while many know the story, few grasp its power. Few have even tried to comprehend.
Freedom comes at a high price.
Our ransom was paid in blood. Have you pondered its significance?
More importantly have you received the freedom that it purchased?
~ Mitch Salmon