The Liberty Bell (NKJV)
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On July 4th, 1776, the day of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the bell pictured on the cover rang out its joyous message of liberty and thus became known as the Liberty Bell. For many years, it was rung to commemorate special occasions. However, on one such occasion it cracked, never to ring again. It is know on display at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, where thousands come to view it each year. The bell is lettered around its crown with the words:
PROCLAIM LIBERTY THROUGHOUT ALL
THE LAND UNTO ALL THE INHABITANTS THEREOF - LEVITICUS 25:10
The Scripture quotation inscribed on the bell refers to the sounding of a trumpet after the sacrifice was made on the great day of atonement for the people of Israel. This is a type, or picture, for us today. Since the shedding of the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, on Calvary’s cross for the sin of a guilty world, God’s Word has been lovingly and righteously sounding out the joyous note of liberty and victory for ALL to hear. Have you heard its sound? Have you believed its message? Listen:
THE LIBERTY BELL OF GOOD NEWS tells out the fact of deliverance from the penalty and power of sin. “let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man [Jesus] is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things” (Acts 13:38,39). “The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).
THE LIBERTY BELL OF GOOD NEWS proclaims deliverance from the slavery of Satan. “Satan, who deceives the whole world” (Revelation 12:9). Christ came to “proclaim liberty to the captives” (Luke 4:18), and through His work at Calvary, He has wrought an eternal redemption, or deliverance, through His shed blood. “It is finished,” He cried, and then bowed His head and dismissed His spirit. He now lives in a resurrected and glorified body in Heaven. From there His voice rings out, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free…. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed” (John 8:32,36).
THE LIBERTY BELL OF GOOD NEWS peals out the sound of deliverance from the curse of a broken law. The law condemns all: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them” (Galatians 3:10). All come under the curse, for “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). But through the death and resurrection of Christ, the believer can claim the promise: “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us” (Galatians 3:13).
THE LIBERTY BELL OF GOOD NEWS rings out the message of deliverance from the fear of death and judgment. Of the Lord Jesus we read in Hebrews 2:14,15, “Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” Thus, all who repent and believe in Christ are told by Him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life” (John 5:24).
The Liberty Bell in Philadelphia is valuable only as a memorial. Being cracked, it can no longer ring. God’s LIBERTY BELL OF GOOD NEWS, however, is still as useful and powerful as ever. “It is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16).
THE LIBERTY BELL OF GOOD NEWS will not always ring out! The day of grace is fast drawing to a close. The Saviour is coming, and the door to heaven will be forever shut. Instead of the sound of Jesus’ invitation, “Come to Me,” there will be the dreadful, “Depart from Me.” Each tolling of the bell warns of an impending doom. “He who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him” (John 3:36).
THE LIBERTY BELL OF GOOD NEWS loudly says to you “Now is the accepted time … Now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2). “Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts” (Hebrews 4:7). “Hear, and your soul shall live” (Isaiah 55:3). “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). —D.T.J.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.