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January 21, 2015

“Free” From What?

by Lester Young

“…And you’ll know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (John 8:32).

That’s a familiar verse. The Lord Jesus spoke those words during a debate that broke out during one of His temple teaching sessions. Well, it actually wasn’t much of a debate at all: as was the usual outcome, He basically ran circles around those who got offended enough to verbally challenge Him. But at that particular moment, Jesus was directing those words to a very select group of people in the audience. He was addressing the folks who had just then decided to believe He really was the long-awaited Messiah:

“…I do [and say] nothing of Myself; but as My Father has taught [told, revealed to] Me, [those are the things] I speak. And He that sent Me is with Me: the Father has not left Me alone; for I do always those things that please Him.” As He spoke these words, many believed on Him. Then said Jesus to those Jews who believed on Him, “If you continue in My word [that is, Jesus’ teachings – which, as He just said, would come directly from His Father], then you are My disciples indeed; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free [– just as free as it’s made Me].” (John 8:28-32 paraphrased)

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