Lessons from Jesus

Set Free

John 8:36 – So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

Jesus had been teaching in the temple from early morning when the Pharisees had interrupted him by bringing a woman caught in adultery and placed her in the midst of everyone. It was yet another test from the religious leaders to discredit Jesus but actually, the only thing tested was their own ignorance. The accusers left and the woman was set free from condemnation; she may even have heeded the Lord’s instruction and turned completely from her sin and experienced true freedom.

Jesus continued teaching, speaking about darkness and light and explaining that he was the light of the world. He spoke to the people about their sin and the fact that they were lost in it. He longed for them to realise the gravity of their situation and that their future depended on their response. Verse 30 tells us that as he was saying these things, many believed in him. Jesus knew that, with some, this belief was tenuous as best, so he said to them:

“If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

This confused them and they answered, “We have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?” Jesus points out their slavery to sin and gets them to visualize a house with a master, a son and a slave. They knew the definition of a slave – someone who is wholly subject to another and without the means of freeing oneself. Within the Master’s house, a son would have all the privileges and freedom; the slave would not. The son would receive the inheritance; the slave would not.

Jesus wanted to free the people from their unseen fetters and to change them from slaves to sons. The inheritance of God’s kingdom was available to all who accepted Jesus at his word and believed the truth of his gospel.

Anything that has a hold on your life, you are a slave to: gambling, alcohol, drugs, along with other things that you might laugh off or dismiss, like food, shopping, laziness, jealousy and gossiping. There are so many things that the devil can use to enslave us from which Jesus longs to free us.

The truth of his Word brings freedom. Read it. Study it. Live like sons and daughters of the King.

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