The Statue of Liberty: A Symbol of Freedom
The Statue of Liberty standing majestically in New York Harbor is one of the most recognizable monuments in the world. It has become recognized as a symbol of the freedom and democracy we enjoy as citizens of this great United States of America. Dedicated on October 28, 1886, the statue was given to the United States as a gift of friendship by the people of France.
Amazing Facts about Lady Liberty
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.
- Although only visible from an aerial view, Lady Liberty is in fact standing among a broken shackle and chains with her right foot raised symbolizing her moving away from oppression and slavery.
Obviously, the Statue of Liberty is a nationally recognized symbol of the freedom and democracy that makes America great. A great deal of symbolism is incorporated the statue. When I read about the facts and symbolism involving the Statue of Liberty, it made me reflect on many things. I thought about my freedom as an American, but also about my spiritual liberty and freedom through Jesus Christ. Three parts of the Statue of Liberty cause me to reflect on my freedom in the natural sense, but also reflect on my freedom in a spiritual sense. Let me explain.
Looking a Little Deeper
- The tablet in Lady Liberty’s left hand– The tablet Lady Liberty holds in her left hand is inscribed with the date that America gained its freedom from the oppression of Great Britain. Lady Liberty’s tablet forever memorializes the date America became free. However, the freedom that America obtained on July 4, 1776 did not come without a price. Many lives of the American Patriots of the original 13 North American Colonies were lost, and much blood was shed fighting for our freedom. Many brave men from the Revolutionary War paid the ultimate price so that America could be free. There is also an event that occurred in 33 AD that is recorded in the Bible that purchased freedom for us. That date is the day that God’s son Jesus sacrificed himself for us and shed his blood on the cross at Calvary so we could be made free from the bondage of sin. Just as we gained LIBERTY as a nation in 1776, we gained Liberty from the bondage of sin the day that 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. Isaiah said, “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.” You can live in America and enjoy all the freedom that America has to offer, but still not be free. Until you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and experience his forgiveness and grace, you don’t really have true Liberty. 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 Jesus Christ, sin’s chains of oppression make that person 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 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. –The torch is a symbol of enlightenment. The Statue of Liberty’s 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 that would carry a torch to hold it very low. It has to be held up high so that it will light the path that is being walked and it would also provide light to others nearby. God’s word provides all the information we need in order to find the path that 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 will shine through us for the entire world to see. It is through the love of God that shines through us that the world will be changed. Let God’s spirit shine through you so that you can be a world changer!
I am proud and thankful to be an American and to have the honor of living in the greatest country in the world. I am thankful for all of the men and women who have bravely served our county in times of war to fight and die 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 that 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. Also, never forget that until you come to know Jesus in a personal way, you really don’t have true liberty.
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