True Freedom

John 8:31-32Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

There are bonds that are visible and invisible.

Seeing and knowing the bonds exist is one thing. Being in bondage and not even realizing it is even worse.

John 8:34Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.” 

We do not readily see the bondage. We are more enamored with the pleasure of sin than the price. It isn’t until the sowing becomes reaping that we see the danger… and by then, it is too late.

For some taken with the addiction of nicotine, they think that that one person who didn’t get COPD, emphysema or lung cancer might be them and they would dodge that bullet. That one pushing a needle in their arm thinking that dose is okay. That pill they just swallowed; one more drink of alcohol, one more secret, immoral tryst, one more…

The visible signs of addiction are the chains we readily see. What of the liar, the critic, the scorner, the gossip, the murderer, the thief, and those things done in secret? These are not so visible, yet the chains are there.

Freedom; real freedom only comes through Jesus Christ. He spoke as much in this passage. The people didn’t see it. He tried to tell them, but they just couldn’t comprehend.

Much has not changed in the years since Jesus walked the earth. People form gangs and join clubs for the type of sin they are in bondage to. It seems more acceptable when there are those that share the same sin as I do.

Las Vegas, Nevada is known as “Sin City”and it is no wonder. Prostitution is legal, gambling is rampant, and alcohol flows like water. Fortunes are made and lost in matter of moments. The covetousness and greed that overflows the hearts of those caught in its snare seem to find kinship with those caught in the same snare.

New York, Los Angeles and Chicago are three of the largest cities in America. Each boast cultural diversity, financial prosperity and social opportunity that who wouldn’t want to live there? Yet, the gang activity, the murder rate, and the homelessness have upset the idyllic picture that is the draw to come and live there.

Sin comes in all shapes, colors and sizes. Satan, our enemy, presents a buffet table; a cornucopia of pleasures and delights to suit every palate. He doesn’t care which one it is that you take, just so long as you partake. You see, he knows the truth of God’s Word. He knows that if we partake at his table, we become a slave to that which we pick up.

John 8:34Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.” 

Isaiah wrote this passage:

Isaiah 61:1-2The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD…”

Jesus quoted it later:

Luke 4:17-21And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the LordAnd he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.”

That truth that sets us free is for anyone and everyone who will come to Him and receive Him. That truth that frees us is Jesus.

John 14:6Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

If only the truth makes free and Jesus is the truth, then the more I have Jesus, the freer I become.

How well do you know Jesus?

How close are you to Him every day?

How well do you know His Word?

The answers to those simple questions will quantify your freedom today.

 

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