To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Jesus made this statement just after asking them “he who is without sin let him cast the first stone?”. It is interesting that Jesus asked the woman if no one condemned her. No one was left but them standing and he said if no one condemns you then he would not condemn her. I think it is a good example for us to always communicate with the God even when we know he knows everything. Communication and Relationship is the theme to me throughout John 8.
In the book of John chapter 8 it is filled with Jesus doing what the father says. A total relationship with the father. I also realized he says he who sent me. I must do the same because Jesus sends me as a disciple of his word just as his father did.
Jesus said if we hold fast to his teaching we will be disciples and we will be led to the truth. The truth that every man on earth needs a savior and we will be free and know the truth if we turn from our rebellious ways and listen to him and his call on our lives. The truth is Jesus himself.
He is a light for us to follow and grow with. When we are in darkness we do not understand the truth because we are blind but since we came to the understanding of the word of God now a light now guides our way. The word of the lord is such a strong and powerful gorup of chapters and verses. I can not imagine living day by day without the word of God as a comforter and help.
The whole chapter of John 8 is filled with Jesus teaching them obedience to the father and who his father was. Jesus had absolute focus on who he was and where he was going and he also knew how weak we are in the sinful state we were born in.
Jesus taught his followers that he was from the father and he obeys the father.
I am a sinner but I have been saved by grace through faith. My discipleship is made strong through the word of God. Just as Jesus spoke about the father, I too should speak about the father focusing on the Son (Jesus) who is the father that became flesh and dwelt among us. I focus on him because God allowed his Son to have a relationship with sinners. He died in our place because of Love for us. He obeyed totally to the end in death.
I am nothing but filthy rags to God standing alone but Jesus allows me freedom to stand with him through the death at Calvary and he speaks to the father in my behalf. Jesus is my advocate to the father.
Once we confess our sin then Jesus is faithful to forgive us.
That is the freedom we have. Not that we should sin more but that when we sin we are convicted and have freedom to go to Jesus boldly with our confessions of disobedience and weakness, ask for forgiveness, truly repent, learn from out mistakes and wholeheartedly work to eradicate the sin that so easily besets us. It’s a process day by day. One day at a time.
What a mighty act of Love.
So today as I go about my way I will realize that I have freedom. A freedom that allows me to learn about God, and although I make mistakes his helping hand and his word I will grow in grace with no condemnation through Jesus.
keeps me free,
gives me courage,
makes me fearless,
keeps me resolute,
and motivates me.
Let me think on these things that Jesus teaches me in his word.
The song for today is about living in freedom. Devotion to him what he did……..Powerful song……
Song for my day: ‘In your freedom’ Hillsong click here to listen