Today is Juneteenth. Juneteenth is a holiday celebrated in the USA mainly by African Americans. Juneteenth is the celebration of freedom amongst last remaining enslaved persons in the United States on June 19, 1965.
To explain this in a short way: Slavery had ended a couple of years before the news had reached the slaves in Texas and some other states in the south. The Texas slaves were still being enslaved by their masters although they were legally free. So troops were sent to address the issue and announced the slaves freedom on June 19, 1965! Happy Juneteenth❤️
“General Order No. 3”
The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.
That’s crazy to be free and not know that you were free. To be enslaved working for a master who is technically not your master. To endure hundreds of years of slavery and be free and not know it. You know what you do when you are legally free and you don’t know it? You remain enslaved because how would you know unless a messenger was sent to tell you? To tell you that look you guys YOU ARE NO LONGER SLAVES. You are free! The hope of freedom is no longer some far away desire it’s now reality and YOU ARE FREE. What does freedom look like? What does that even mean, I’ve been a slave most if not all of my life. I’ve hoped to be free but now that it is here what does it actually mean. Well for one it means that you get paid wages for your work. You are no longer bound to fully obey “the masters” command being that even your masters have been stripped of the title “slave master.” You are simply free.
I can not imagine the thoughts fully, the joy that was experienced by the newly freed slaves on that day. What beautiful experience to know that you are no longer enslaved but indeed you are free.
Because I am a Christian and this paints the picture of being enslaved by Satan in this World, I feel compelled to say unless YOU are in Christ you are in the condition of being a slave. You are enslaved just like I was enslaved by Satan until someone told me Jesus was sent to this Earth to free all of humanity. Jesus was sent to rescue us from the Devils hand and I am His messenger. I am an unashamed messenger of the gospel of Christ that has the power to FREE YOU in Christ. Oh Sherry I don’t know what you are talking about I’m not a slave lol look at my life I’m truly free.
Harriet Tubman has this famous quote that I believe relates to what Jesus could say today when His believer share the gospel and are turned Dow by the hearers (pic below)
She could’ve freed a thousand more…
Side note: Harriet carried a gun to threaten any one that wanted to give up and turn around being that it could’ve endangered the other ones if a person chose to return to slavery. WOW
We may all know that even though the newly freed slaves were freed they faced much difficulty for many years to come. We too as Christians will have trials and tribulations as Jesus advised but he also said to take heart for He has overcome the World” John 16:33 Why would Jesus need to overcome the World? If the World (as it is sometimes portrayed) is this beautiful wonderful place why did Jesus need to overcome it? Could it be that that this World enslaves those that are not in Christ and sometimes those that are in Christ are still enslaved and bound because of our lack of knowledge and power (I know this has been my experience) Why did Jesus say, “And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?” Matt 16:26 Why would that be the exchange – The World for my soul? Why wouldn’t we be able to have both. I am not sure but I know personally I’ve experienced this World enslave me with worrying, pursuing worthless materials things, being bound to lustful and shameful things. In the past being suicidal I know for sure that bound by the cares of this World that the only way I thought I could escape was through death. In a way I was Right – death was the answer but not a physical killing my body by death but a death through Jesus Christ. A death to my former life that I lived without Christ and being resurrected receiving eternal life in Christ. It was this new life that freed me and it’s freeing me totally. This is true freedom. To be saved is to be free! We don’t have to be slaves to this World or Satan. The Bible says:
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36
ARE YOU FREE?!
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