“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32, New Living Translation
Imagine the scene when Jesus spoke those words: a large crowd of Jews was pressing around Jesus. Some of them believed in Him publicly while others profess their faith in secret for fear of persecution; there were also those who doubt what Jesus said and there were some who were hostile to Him.
Jesus addresses the audience listening in that day, as well as today, that He has the power to make men truly free. The crowd protested that they are Abraham’s children and have never been enslaved by anyone. (John 8:33) This is of course untrue because the Israelites were slaves for more than 400 years in Egypt before. They were only freed by the mighty hand of God thru Moses in a powerful display of God’s awesome power.
For a believer, the land of Egypt symbolizes a person’s past life of slavery to sin, before Christ set him free.
So Jesus reminded them that because they are slaves to sin, they are not truly free. He tells them that a slave is not a permanent member of the family, while a son is. Then, Jesus continued, building up the climax of His conclusion that since He is the Son, the true heir of His Father’s estates, He has the power to make those slaves truly free. John 8:35-36
Jesus says the source of our spiritual freedom is in “the truth”. This word refers to “that which is true in respect to God and the execution of His purposes in Jesus Christ.” In other words, the truth Jesus refers to is the whole truth regarding Who He is and what He did for all sinners. It refers to the whole truth about Christ’s atoning sacrifice on the cross.
The truth about Jesus Christ is seen all around us so that lost sinners are without excuse before God.
“For since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse”. Romans 1:20, NIV
This truth about Jesus Christ is found in the Gospel message.
“For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,” 1Corinthians 15:3-4, NIV
“He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God” Romans 4:25, New Living Translation
The truth about Jesus is found on every page of the Word of God.
“You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me! John 5:39, New Living Translation
The truth about Jesus Christ is revealed to us by the Holy Spirit.
“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future”. John 16:13, New Living Translation
“For no one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them to me, and at the last day I will raise them up”. John 6:44, New Living Translation
Indeed, the source of our freedom is found in Christ alone.
Benjie Bensing – Evangelical Christian Church of Libya