Thursday, October 28, 2010

Reformation - John 8:31-36

What do you mean by saying, “You will be made free?” It is a good question even if those asking aren’t looking for an answer. They believe their heritage is the only truth that matters, though their ancestors were slaves in Egypt and they themselves are subject to Roman occupation. And these are Jews who believed in Jesus! But before one can understand the truth that frees, one must know the truth about oneself. The trouble with coming to know the truth about oneself is our inherent gift for self deception, rationalizing attitudes and actions that conflict with being disciples continuing in the word. If we say we have no sin we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. So Jesus tells the truth about them and about us which when heard is the beginning of being set free by and for a greater truth. Living the truth of the Son that sets us free from our everyday being in bondage to the true word about us is what it means to be disciples remaining in the word which is to say, you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.

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