Scripture: John 8:31 Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” 33 They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham and have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean by saying, ‘You will be made free’?” 34 Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. 35 The slave does not have a permanent place in the household; the son has a place there forever. 36 So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.
Observation: The passage tells us that when we know Jesus we are not only forgiven of our sins, we are empowered to let go of destructive ways of living. Our secular culture suggests freedom is doing what you want, when you want, how you want – Jesus tells us the truth. Life with no boundaries sounds cool, but it’s not. Without boundaries and limits on life, we usually end up in a ditch of some kind.
Application: Growing up can be hard. In my first few years of living on my own, out from under my parent’s roof, I went a little crazy. I did what I wanted, when I wanted, how I wanted. It didn’t go very well. Turns out that eating Fruit Loops three times a day will make you sick. Staying up all night might be fun, but is not conducive to learning in class the next day. Blowing your rent money on a night out with the boys can get you in trouble. The list goes on. Then the Lord Jesus pulled me out of a ditch and showed me a different way of life.
“So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.”
Some of you are in a bit of a ditch right now – relationally, financially, spiritually, physically. You’ve tried doing things your way, but it’s not really working. Trust me, I’ve been there. And I don’t mean a long time ago either. I still get out of my lane from time to time. But the good news of Jesus is that he’s always ready to embrace us when we return to him. Freedom within the boundaries of life in Christ is true freedom dear friends.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, this morning we cry out to you from the ditch. Give us grace to return to embrace the guard rails of life, that we might be free indeed. Amen.