The Liberty Bell Center Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He has anointed Me… to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives. — Luke 4:18 NKJV
The Liberty Bell, one of the most familiar and beloved symbols of American independence and freedom, is now housed in the Liberty Bell Center in Philadelphia’s Independence National Historic Park. Visitors can view the famous crack running up the face of the bell and perhaps make out the words from Leviticus 25:10 inscribed at its crown:
Proclaim Liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.
It is certain that bells rang out joyously at the first reading of the Declaration of Independence on July 8, 1776 (not July 4), and many historians believe that the Liberty Bell was among them. In the years since the Revolution, the bell has been claimed as a symbol by those seeking to end slavery and win the right to vote for women. In the late 1800s, the bell traveled throughout the country and was displayed at fairs and public gatherings in both small towns and great cities. The nation, still healing from the deep wounds of the Civil War, needed a unifying symbol to remind Americans of their common heritage.
Today, we need the bell to travel again across the land, but this time to ring out liberty for all from the sin in our lives and in the land. Paul writes in Galatians 5:1 " It is for freedom that Christ has set us free... Do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery"
Because the tomb is empty!
Rev Dr J Anthony Lloyd