“So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 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’?”
Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave[b] to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. I know that you are offspring of Abraham; yet you seek to kill me because my word finds no place in you. I speak of what I have seen with my Father, and you do what you have heard from your father.”
70 years ago, on May 5th, Danes woke up to freedom from under the German occupation. Last night, in our family, we lit candles in the windows to remember this freedom. In this I was reminded of these verses, that talk about the true freedom, the freedom that Jesus offers us, freedom from sin that weighs us down, freedom from anxiety, from worry, from addictions like alcohol, food, medications.
Waking up this morning, I was thinking about how the Danes must have felt waking up to freedom from under the Nazi occupation. But in my mind I quickly thought of today. Do we wake up FREE every morning, free from the power of sin in our lives?
Today, I know that I don’t have to turn to food for comfort, but to Jesus who is the supreme comforter!
What about you, whoever you are? To whom or to what do you turn instead of Jesus? It might not be food, but there surely is something. Will the truth about FREEDOM, a truth that is all over the Bible, fill my heart and mind, and feed my soul, or will it be the lies of Satan?
In Colossians 3:13-15 Paul says :
And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.
My prayer for all of us is that we would be Alive and Free today and everyday. May the candles we light in our window remind us of the true and precious freedom we find in Jesus Christ and the hope he offers. And may we in turn share this treasure with everyone, the treasure of true FREEDOM from sin through Christ.
” … if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36)