|Spread the Word!
(The 4th of July)
Our story today is about a man who lived in Ireland over 200 years ago. His name was John
Dunlap. Like many people of his time, John yearned for a better life and he was looking for
adventure. So one day he boarded a ship that was bound for America.
He ended up making his way to the city of Philadelphia, and there he opened a print shop.
People would come to him to get flyers and posters printed. In those days they called them
broadsides, and the broadsides would be tacked up at various places around town for people
One day a man came into the shop with a hand-written document and asked John to print up
200 copies. It took quite a while because it was a long document. And in those days, type had
to be set by hand, one letter at a time. When John was done with the job, those broadsides
were taken by riders on horseback to cities and towns all the way from Massachusetts down
The date was July 4th, 1776. The man who placed the order was John Hancock, and the
document was the Declaration of Independence. So more than anyone else John Dunlap was
responsible for spreading the word that America was now free.
As Christians, we have to spread the word, too. We have to tell the world about an even better
freedom - freedom from the penalty of sin. It’s called “The Great Commission”. In Matthew 28,
verse 19 Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations.” (NIV) In other words, we should
spread the word to everyone: Jesus sets us free!
Let’s pray: Father God, we’re so thankful for the freedom we have in this country. But we’re
even more thankful for the freedom we have in your Son, Jesus Christ, in whose name we
Spread the word: we're free!
"Go make disciples of all nations." Matthew 28:19 (NIV)
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