When we started studying John chapters 7-8 we marveled at Jesus’ ability not just to remain calm in a hostile environment but also His ability to offer them life in the midst of it. Jesus clearly tells them why He’s able to do what He does because His Father’s truth set His schedule and guides His life.
The miraculous thing we find in John 8 is that Jesus tells us we can experience and receive the same life-giving, heart guarding, and feet guiding truth. How? As we abide in Jesus’ truth we are set free!
“If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 7:31b-32
Let that sink in. This is what it looks like to be Jesus’ disciples we are those who abide in His truth. What truth? We abide in the truth that Jesus just told them in verse 28
“So Jesus said to them, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own authority, but speak just as the Father taught me.”
This is all about the cross and through the life-giving truth of the cross of Jesus we are set free! The cross sets our schedule and informs our choices. The cross empowers us to die to ourselves and live in Him. The cross gives us true freedom that we’re all looking for, because it has the final word against our sin enslaved reality.
It wasn’t just some guy on the cross sent there to deal with your sin and the destructiveness it has caused. Jesus, the Son of God, has come to set us free from bondage of sin through His death. By being united to Him we find a new identity that we are no longer slaves but one with the son!
“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.” John 7:35-36
Live free today by abiding in the truth of Jesus! Let the cross not just have the final word on sin but on the whole way you use this life!
We love you, we are praying for you, and we hope you have a wonderful Monday morning!