31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33 They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?”
34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. 35 The slave does not remain in the house for ever; the son remains for ever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. 37 I know that you are offspring of Abraham; yet you seek to kill me because my word finds no place in you. 38 I speak of what I have seen with my Father, and you do what you have heard from your
The Truth Shall set You Free
Truth is the correspondence of an idea with reality. The question in this passage is whether people see the world the way it really is. If we have the insight given by Jesus in his teaching, we see the way we truly are and that sets us free. Jesus’ teaching shows the nature of mankind’s heart. We are naturally evil. That does not mean that each person is as bad as they can possibly be, but it means that each person is twisted and corrupted so that we are a living horror compared with what we should be. Jesus also communicates a holy God. That means that the ultimate foundation of existence is a transcendent person who has created and sustained everything. He knows the purpose of all things and he holds all things together. Jesus, then communicates that becoming a follower of him reconciles the Holy God with his wayward creation. Jesus reharmonizes the creation with God’s purposes. This requires an act of conversion. We live in a lie. There are many ways to ruin ourselves. We can embrace naturalism, postmodernism, communism, capitalism or other value systems which will replace God and not lead us home to him.
All systems of belief should be compared with the nature of reality. Naturalism explains physical phenomena but then falls apart with the truth of poetry and philosophy. Postmodernism allows everyone to tell their whole story but misses the harmonizing unity that draws all stories together. The truth of Jesus explains all of reality. his truth sets us free.
Help me to live in light of the unifying truth that Jesus reveals.
- How does the truth set us free?
- Who rejected being set free?
- Who are slaves according to Jesus?
- Are you enslaved? By what?
- How can the truth set you free?