Choices of Freedom

Sunday, August 1, 2021

25-26 They said to him, “Just who are you anyway?”

Jesus said, “What I’ve said from the start. I have so many things to say that concern you, judgments to make that affect you, but if you don’t accept the trustworthiness of the One who commanded my words and acts, none of it matters. That is who you are questioning—not me but the One who sent me.”

27-29 They still didn’t get it, didn’t realize that he was referring to the Father. So Jesus tried again. “When you raise up the Son of Man, then you will know who I am—that I’m not making this up, but speaking only what the Father taught me. The One who sent me stays with me. He doesn’t abandon me. He sees how much joy I take in pleasing him.”

30 When he put it in these terms, many people decided to believe.

If the Son Sets You Free

31-32 Then Jesus turned to the Jews who had claimed to believe in him. “If you stick with this, living out what I tell you, you are my disciples for sure. Then you will experience for yourselves the truth, and the truth will free you.”

33 Surprised, they said, “But we’re descendants of Abraham. We’ve never been slaves to anyone. How can you say, ‘The truth will free you’?”

34-38 Jesus said, “I tell you most solemnly that anyone who chooses a life of sin is trapped in a dead-end life and is, in fact, a slave. A slave can’t come and go at will. The Son, though, has an established position, the run of the house. So if the Son sets you free, you are free through and through. I know you are Abraham’s descendants. But I also know that you are trying to kill me because my message hasn’t yet penetrated your thick skulls. I’m talking about things I have seen while keeping company with the Father, and you just go on doing what you have heard from your Father.”

-John 8:25-38 The Message

Jesus has been warning people about judgment. Jesus did not condemn a woman of sin but made sure she understood not to sin. We die in our sins because we reject Christ. For us to not die in our sins, we have to ask forgiveness and then repent. We accept Christ’s following, and then we follow him of everything he asks of us. Let’s clear one thing up here. If non-believers do not believe in Jesus, how do you think that non-believers will follow Jesus? You don’t. That’s why we set an example and follow Christ. The light of the world that Christ has shines off of us to non-believers. We forgive and give compassion. Not pass judgment.

Verse 32: “And you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” Let’s study that. Jesus is the truth that sets us free. To get to that, you have to be willing to believe in him, repent, ask for forgiveness, and believe in the resurrection of Christ. Then, you will feel resurrected in the same way spiritually. You are free as slaves of sinning. You will no longer feel deception from Satan. Christ shows us eternal life with God. Although he doesn’t give us the freedom to do what we want when we follow Christ, the space to follow God and do what he wants us to do. Continue to seek God, continue to read, ask questions, get an understanding.

Verses 34-35: Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the Son does remain forever.” Let’s study. We all know what sin does to us. We feel enslaved, controlled, dominated, and feel dictated in our actions of sinning. Jesus wants us to be free from sin, but sin keeps us from being the person that God wants us to be. If you need to break away from it, start following Jesus; otherwise, you will never be freed from sin. Verse 36 reminds us of being released: “So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.” Choose carefully. God or Satan. Be free under God, or be free under Satan.

Father, thank you for your freedom in us today. I pray we can continue to set an example for those that are non-believers. Let the light you shine on us shine on them and let them see your light so bright that they have no choice but to follow it. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Author: Darren Watts

My name is Darren. I started sharing devotions in June 2019. As one of the ministry leaders at my church. One reason why I started devotions is because of the lack of inspiration and motivation in our lives. It is hard to be encouraged with a lot of negativity going around. I invite you to be encouraged by the word of God. Our struggles can be personal, at the workplace, and the lack of community in our lives. When we go through hard times, we need the word of God. Please read them and be encouraged. I also started a podcast talking about racism and discrimination. Please take a moment to check that out as well. Afternoon Coffee Break with Darren Watts.