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John 8:31-32 Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”
Speaking the truth surely buys Jesus serious trouble. As soon as he tells the crowds following him that the truth will make them free, they insist they don’t need freeing, shouting that they are children of Abraham and of God—and that Jesus is probably a Samaritan possessed by a demon!
It is an uncomfortable truth Jesus offers: Everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. We don’t want to admit the truth of our reality; like an addict, we claim “we can quit anytime we want.” But Jesus knows the whole and entire truth, and only he can set us free from it.
Can we accept this truth—that we need freeing?
MOVING FORWARD: From what do you need to be set free? How will you live into that truth?