The Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty is one of the world’s most recognized landmarks. It is a symbol of the freedom and democracy we enjoy as citizens of the United States of America. The Statue, a gift from the people of France, was dedicated on October 28, 1886.
There are some very interesting statistics and facts regarding the Statue of Liberty. For instance…..
The Statue of Liberty measures 305 feet from the ground to the tip of the flame and is as tall as a 22 story building.
There are 154 steps from the pedestal to the head of the statue.
The tablet that Lady Liberty holds in her left hand is 23 feet 7 inches tall and 13 feet 7 inches wide. The tablet is inscribed with the date of the signing of the Declaration of Independence (July 4, 1776) written in Roman numerals.
Lady Liberty has a 35 foot waistline!
Lady Liberty’s shoe size would be size 879!
During the restoration that was completed in 1986, the torch was covered in thin sheets of 24K gold.
The overlooked symbolism
Although only visible from an aerial view, Lady Liberty is in fact standing among a broken shackle and chains with her right foot raised. This symbolizes her moving away from oppression and slavery.
A great deal of symbolism is incorporated into the design of the statue. Reading about the facts and symbolism regarding the Statue of Liberty, made me think. I thought about our freedom as Americans. But, I also thought about the spiritual liberty and freedom made available through Jesus Christ. There are three parts of the Statue of Liberty that cause me to reflect on my freedom in a spiritual sense. Let me explain.
The tablet in Lady Liberty’s left hand
Lady Liberty’s tablet she holds in her left hand is inscribed with the date America gained its freedom from Great Britain. The tablet forever memorializes the date America became free. However, the freedom America obtained on July 4, 1776 did not come without a price. Many lives of American Patriots from the original 13 North American Colonies were lost. Much blood was shed in war fighting for our freedom. Many brave men from the Revolutionary War paid the ultimate price so that America could be free.
Spiritual liberty from the cross
An event recorded in the Bible occurring in 33 AD purchased our spiritual freedom. That date was when God’s son Jesus sacrificed himself for us, and shed his blood on the cross at Calvary. By doing so, Jesus freed us from the bondage of sin. Just as we gained liberty as a nation in 1776, we gained liberty from sin the day Christ shed his blood for us on the cross. Jesus Christ came to fulfill what was foretold by the Prophet Isaiah. In Isaiah 61:1 it is written, “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, Because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to captives And freedom to prisoners.”
As Americans we have liberty and freedom. But, until you come to know and experience the forgiveness and grace of Jesus Christ, you don’t have true liberty or freedom. When you come to know Jesus in a personal way, his Holy Spirit dwells within you. In 2nd Corinthians 3:17 we are told, “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is Liberty.” Without Jesus, you really have no Liberty at all.
The shackle and chains at the feet of Lady Liberty
As I mentioned earlier, this is symbolic of the woman Lady Liberty moving away from oppression and slavery. The chains of bondage rest harmlessly at her feet. Before a person comes to have a personal relationship with Christ, chains of oppression and bondage of sin make them a prisoner. But thank God Jesus broke the chains of sin and shame for us! In John 8:36 the Bible tells us, “So if the Son (referring to Jesus) sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
The chains that rest at the feet of Lady Liberty make me think of the song by the Christian music artist Chris Tomlin that says, “My chains are gone, I’ve been set free. My God my Savior has ransomed me, and like a flood his mercy reigns; unending love, amazing grace.” Because of what Jesus did for us by dying for us on the cross at Calvary, the chains of sin and shame are under our feet and we can have true peace and liberty through Jesus Christ.
The torch in Lady Liberty’s right hand
Lady Liberty’s torch is a symbol of enlightenment. Her torch lights the way to freedom showing us the path to liberty. Even the statue’s official name (Liberty Enlightening the World) represents her most important symbol. It wouldn’t make much sense for anyone who carries a torch to hold it low. It has to be held high so that it will light the path being taken. The torch would also provide light to others nearby. God’s word provides all the information we need in order to find the right path. God’s path leads to true enlightenment, liberty, and freedom. It will lead us to the true freedom and liberty that only comes through Jesus Christ.
The Bible tells us that God’s word is a lamp to guide our feet and a light for our path. (Psalm 119:105) When we are transformed by God’s spirit and His word, the light of His Spirit shines through us for the entire world to see. It is through God’s love shining through us that the world will be changed. Let God’s spirit shine through you so that you can be a world changer!
Never forget the price paid for your freedom
I am proud and thankful to be an American. It is an honor and privilege to live in the greatest country in the world. I am thankful for all the men and women who have bravely served our county. Many have died for the cause of freedom. Never forget that our American freedom was not free. It has been purchased for us by the lives of thousands of American veterans. In like manner, our spiritual freedom and opportunity to have eternal life was purchased with a price.
The Bible tells us we have been bought with a price! (1st Corinthians 6:20) That price was the blood that Jesus shed on the cross for us. Because of the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross, we can have the true liberty that only comes through the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Never take for granted your American liberty and never forget that until you come to know Jesus in a personal way, you don’t have true liberty.
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