John 8:31-36, “Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say,‘You will be made free’?” Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”
Freedom. Being free from bondage. Bondage can come in several forms to include physical bondage, mental bondage and especially spiritual bondage. What Jesus can do goes beyond physical bondage. Jesus offers a complete freedom from all bondage. All that needs to be done is ask.
Jesus was preaching to the Jewish people. He was specifically preaching to the ones that believed Him, not the hecklers and doubters, though Jesus was also wanting to change their outlooks. He was explaining to them that if they stayed in His word, they would be His disciples. The ones that were closest to Him. Jesus was always looking to add more disciples to Him and was always trying to change the hearts and minds of the people He saw. He was concerned about souls for Himself and His Father.
He continued that staying in the word would show the truth and the truth would make them free. No longer slaves. Now the Jewish people would have known a lot about slavery. The Israelite people would have known about slavery from their history. Slavery to the people of Egypt, Persia, Babylon, and others. They were thinking that Jesus was referring to a physical freedom. They were wrong.
They answered and stated that they were Abraham’s descendants and had never been in bondage to anyone. This was true in the physical sense. Jesus would have known that they were whom they came from and all about them. This was not what Jesus was referring to though. He was referring to a different type of slavery.
Jesus answers the group that anyone who sins is a slave. A slave to what sin does to the soul. The sin darkens the soul and causes a separation from God. Every sin is one more step away from God. Jesus was warning the Jews about the problems of sin and what hold sin can have on the soul of a man. Sin also causes death and this death means separation from God forever. No one can live forever in sin.
Jesus provided the solution, though. If they would live in Him, they would live forever. Not a physical life but eternal life and a solution to the effect of sin and death. Accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior would make someone, anyone free from the power that sin has. Sin is no match to Jesus because He defeated sin, death and Hell on the cross. Now Jesus had not died on the cross at this point, but He was preparing for that time from the time that he set foot on Earth. Sin would be defeated and Jesus would rise victorious.
We are in a battle every day of our lives. We battle our sinful nature. We are not alone though. We have Jesus to fight for us. Jesus is the only one who can defeat sin. He is the only one that can take sin away. He can take our slavery and make us free. Freedom.
Thank You for sending Your Son to die on the cross to make us free. Make us free from the sin that we have done. We don’t deserve to be saved but You save us anyways. You love us so much. Thank You for loving us so much and giving us more than we deserve. Help us to avoid sin and to avoid its slavery. Help to find our freedom in You.
In Your name we pray,