John 8:31-33, 34-37 – “So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free. 34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. 35 ” The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever. 36 “So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.” NASU
On the Fourth of July we, in America, celebrate Independence Day and reflect on Liberty and what it means. We are cognizant of oppression and express gratitude to all who served and sacrificed to bring or preserve Freedom and Liberty. It is a day of reflection, introspection, honor, thanksgiving, and remembering or should be. It is both a joyous and solemn day. It is a time for festivities and a time for deeply personal and national introspection. It is a time to give thanks to God for our Freedom naturally and a time to focus on what Real Freedom really is.
Here in this passage, our Lord identifies True Freedom. It comes from and can only come from God. It has nothing to do with whether you live under oppression or even if you are in chains it has to do with the heart, the mind, the soul, and the spirit. Jesus said “IF” and that is an undeniable qualifier. “IF you continue in My word, THEN you are disciples of Mine; AND you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” [Emphasis mine.]
The If, Then, and And of the Gospels are important! So many times, we run across that very situation and fail to read it all and apply it rightly to our lives. There is commitment involved with continuation on the path of righteousness and as a result, we are recognized as Disciples of Jesus, and as a result, we taste and experience True Freedom. Without Him, there is no real Freedom because if we are living in sin we are the slaves of sin and outside the family of God.
Jesus identified that “if the Son makes you free, you will be Free Indeed.” The words “Free at Last” could be rightly applied to this passage and the condition of our hearts once we have accepted the Gift of Salvation from our Lord Jesus Christ through our repentance. The Cross is the most beautiful picture of Freedom because it was there that Jesus paid the price for our Freedom. It was there that He bought us back from the dominion of the devil and opened the door for us to be transferred into the Kingdom of God – Free at Last!
I hope that you know Real Freedom today and as you go through this day you go through it with a consciousness of that Liberty and Freedom that only comes through Jesus Christ.
Blessings abundantly as you celebrate our Freedom in Jesus! Have a Great Day!