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John 8:31-36

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31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

33 They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”

34 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. 35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

🎚️Jesus talked about being set free in this passage, and the people of Israel told Him they had not been slaves to anybody. In other words, Jesus did not know what He was saying. They forgot that sin could be someone’s master.

🎚️The word “lord” means “master.” Anyone who commits a particular sin habitually has become a slave to that sin. It does not only affect the person physically. It also affects him emotionally, spiritually, and psychologically. And this is devastating!

🎚️They also forgot that they were experiencing great oppression under political masters like we do today in Nigeria.

🎚️They looked forward to the promised Messiah, who would bring freedom and victory to them. This expectation gave them a great disappointment because Jesus’ mission was different.

🎚️Instead of overthrowing the Roman government, Jesus spoke about respecting authority and showing love to enemies. This is outside their expectation of a Messiah.

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🎚️The straw that broke the camel’s back was, that instead of winning victory for the Jews alone, Jesus incorporated the Gentiles in His package of blessings (John 4:4-30; Luke 7:6-10).

🎚️The people expected Him to overpower the domineering nation through battle, but He allowed those in authority to crucify Him. What an unexpected phenomenon! They now saw him as an impostor.

🎚️So, the Jews rejected Him because they thought He was not the promised Messiah. No wonder they connived with the Romans to crucify Him. He died a shameful death – a criminal’s death.

🎚️They failed to understand that Christ was most concerned about the freedom of our hearts. “If the Son shall set you free, you will be free indeed.”

🎚️ He came to release us from the bondage of sin in our lives, but He does not always free us from our current circumstances. I mean here that He can save you from the bondage of sin, and you still remain in your physical situation.

🎚️Take a prisoner, for instance. His crime landed him in prison. He feels hopeless, but he meets the Lord right there and gives his life to Him. Now, the bitterness and anger are gone, and he is filled with joy and peace. He has been liberated (set free), but he is still in jail (his physical situation still remains). His jail terms are still running, but now he enjoys the joy of salvation. He is now experiencing true freedom. The physical situation (prison) is still there, but he has been liberated spiritually.

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👉Now, whose Slave are you? God’s or Satan’s? There is no middle ground. You are either God’s or Satan’s. If you are Satan’s, you are entangled in bondage, and only Jesus can loosen that entanglement to set you free.

Shalom and Maranatha!

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