John 8:31-34, 36 (NLT) – Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. 32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
33 “But…” they said. “We have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean, ‘You will be set free’?”
34 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin. 36…If the Son sets you free, you are truly free.”
“Verse 32 rings like a great bell through so much Christian language: free from sin, free from slavery, free from the law, free from death, free from injustice, free from debt … It’s needed as much today as ever, in all these senses and more. The way to freedom is through the truth, and what matters therefore is to know the truth.
“…So what is the truth, and how can it set people free, then and now? Throughout John’s gospel the answer is clear: Jesus himself is the truth. But we mustn’t forget that the Jesus who describes himself as the truth is the Jesus of the whole story John is telling, and above all the Jesus who dies on the cross as the supreme act of love, the act in which the father’s glory is finally revealed.” [N.T. Wright’s John for Everyone, p. 122-123]
Let’s give thanks to God for His supreme act of love. Let’s pray that through our ministries and churches, this message of freedom and redemption in the Son will ring out. Let’s sing to the song, “You Redeem” [Click Here] by Aaron Shust.