Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, ‘If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.’
Almost all of us can appreciate and value freedom to some extent…
We can understand what it is to have religious freedom, political freedom, freedom of expression, freedom to make our own decisions etc.
Jesus, also values freedom…but it’s a much deeper freedom. He values freedom from fear, from anxiety, and from evils that can oppress and destroy us.
Jesus was so free that He could embrace people whom others wouldn’t even touch. He was so free of prejudices that He could talk with a Samaritan woman, heal the servant of a hated Roman soldier, and eat with prostitutes and tax-collectors.
He was so free of hatred that He could love His enemies, even those who executed Him.
He was so free of vindictiveness that He could forgive His friends who betrayed and abandoned Him.
That’s how free Jesus was…free to love and obey God in a religiously, socially, and politically oppressive time.
And free to love us to the point of dying for us.
Are we that free?
Can we really look past what people think and say, to do what God is asking us to do…or are we too bound by the shackles of other people’s opinion and ‘societal norms’ to act?
Dear God, I am Your disciple…teach me to live as freely as You did. Free me of any habits and attitudes that keep me from honoring and obeying You. Help me hold on to Your teaching and Your example. Amen.
Parts of this devotion were excerpted from ReFrame Media