July 2019 Web Article
The True Cost of Real Freedom
During the Revolutionary War General George Washington asked the men in his army if they would go as spies into the British army’s lines. They all said no but one, a young brave Captain named Nathan Hale. Hale is quoted as saying “I’ll go,” “I will take any risk for Washington and my country; I am ready to start at once.”
Having been a schoolteacher it was easy for young Hale to dress up as one. He wore a broad brim hat and a brown suit. He got into a small boat at night and landed close to enemy territory. He spent the night with a local farmer and the next morning walked into the enemy lines. For the next two weeks all went well and no one suspected him as a spy. He spoke with enemy soldiers and was able to study the enemy general’s plans. He could have left then but chose to stay to learn as much as he could. At the end of the two weeks he was ready to report back to General Washington.
He waited in a local tavern till it was time to get on a small boat that would take him back to General Washington. What Hale did not know was there was someone who recognized him in the tavern and reported it to the British army.
The boat that Hale thought was there to rescue him turned out to be filled with British soldiers. They found on him evidence that proved he was a spy.
Captain Nathan Hale declined a court marshal which was his right and knew that would mean immediate hanging as a spy. The next morning Captain Nathan Hale was led to the gallows and as bystanders watched with tears in their eyes, he said those famous words, “My only regret is that I have but one life to give to my country.”
Freedom comes at a steep cost. So does spiritual freedom, Jesus willingly gave His life to save ours. When one turns to Jesus, asks forgiveness of sins and asks Jesus to come into their lives as Lord and Savior they are free or as the Bible says, “Free indeed.” John 8:32,36.
Let’s not forget what Christ said as He gave His life for us, “It is finished.” John 19:30. For truly Jesus paid all the cost of sin for all of us and offers eternal life as a free gift if by faith, and the asking of forgiveness we will only receive it.
Chaplain Jim Vogt