A cloud of darkness covered the hill as smoke, gunfire, and dirt swirled around the man trudging upward. The man had a goal–a mission. He raced toward the unknown enemy with “freedom” echoing in his ear. Unafraid of the peril ahead he pressed on completing the task. The mission of ultimate sacrifice paying with his life. He was there for a purpose. A purpose he could never forget–freedom!

Freedom! The word rings in my ear like a resounding gong. Memorial Day–the day to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Growing up a military child the quote, “Freedom isn’t free” was often stated. Why does that word stick with me? Is it because patriotic fervor has been ingrained?

Freedom–again echoed in my mind. Scanning the book of Galatians these words captivated me, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, [a]and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” (Gal. 5:1) I was bound, not free! Entangled under a heavy weight of bondage. Under a law I could not keep as an earlier verse inched into my mind, “For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.”[a(Galatians 3:10)  I was cursed by my inability to keep the law! Bound for eternity! Despair crept into my spirit.

Wait! Those words of chapter 5 gripped my heart, “to stand fast in liberty by which Christ made me free!” Relief washed over me for I was bound but now I am free! Christ freed me!

The ultimate price of freedom is death. Christ paid the ultimate price in my place! What an incredible thought! I am adopted into the family of God according to verses 26 through 29 in Galatians 3. No longer bound but born free!

Freedom! The depth of an incomprehensible word requiring a price. A requirement fulfilled by the work of Christ. I, a bound prisoner, am no longer bound but free! The word freedom is significant for this grateful heart focused on those who paid with their lives but even more so on the freeing work of Christ.