“Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”” John 8:31b-32 (NIV)
The idea of freedom is in the air. With the approach of the Fourth of July, for those who live in the United States, it is a time of celebration. Independence Day in the USA is tomorrow. Other countries around the world have different days to celebrate their special day of independence. Whenever that is, it is a good time to think of the liberty that we have as Christians. The freedom that Jesus talked about in today's verse is not the same as independence. No, He meant freedom from sin and from its penalty. This freedom comes from knowing and obeying the truth that Jesus came to demonstrate on the Cross of Calvary. It is the real truth that God created us to be His own and sent His Son to save us. That is the truth that sets us free. Even in countries where believers in Jesus do not have political or civil or religious freedoms, they have been set free by knowing and putting their faith in this truth.