“So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, ‘If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.’” – John 8:31-32
Jesus calls us to truth. He shows us the path for acknowledging reality. The path of truth is to “continue in my Word”.
And the truth sets us free.
In the Bible, the word “salvation” is a translation of “sozo”. It means something is being delivered from something. The context determines what is being delivered from what. When we save money, we are delivering it from being spent. When we save time we are delivering it from being wasted.
In today’s verse, John desires that we be delivered from bondage, set free. He wants us to be saved from deception. From illusion. To be set free from all that binds us from becoming all God intends for us.
As John 8 continues the listeners try to push back, asking Jesus what exactly they are enslaved to that they need setting free from. Jesus tells them. Like each of us, they are enslaved to their own sin. And the chain of that enslavement is falsity. Untruth. Lies. By avoiding the truth, we ensure our enslavement. Why would we do such a thing?
Too often, we feel more comfortable in our chains. They are familiar. And the truth is a little intimidating. It carries weight and responsibility with it. If we are set free, we have to figure out what to do in response. Where to spend our time and how to exert our energy. It is much easier to stay shackled and complain about being shackled.
Truth is the key for our lives. It sets us free. It saves us. Free to try. Free to fail. Free to learn and grow. Free to listen. Freedom comes with its own set of consequences – discernment and ownership to name a few. It is an acquired taste, but also the only way to be saved from our sin.