Have you ever felt like you were being held captive? That you were bound in chains and you couldn’t get free? It seems like everywhere you turn you are trapped and can’t escape. Nothing you tend to do sets you free or breaks the chains that are holding you back. You’re trapped in your nine to five. You’re financially in bondage. You’re enslaved to an addiction. Some of you reading this are held captive by your past. You never seem to experience true freedom. Once you shake yourself free of one thing, immediately, here comes the next thing to trap you in.

So what do you do? Well in John 8, Jesus tells us two things that can give us true freedom.

1) The truth will set you free.

Jesus says in John 8:32 “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (NIV) This is where we go wrong so many times. We believe that the truth itself will set us free. But the truth alone by itself does us no good if we don’t know it. You have to know the truth and then it will set you free. Otherwise, you will be walking around in ignorance, being held captive, because you have no knowledge of the truth that can set you free. Not knowing the truth is like walking around your house in the dark. Most of the time, you will wind up hitting your leg, banging your knee, or worse stubbing your toe on something because you can’t see where you’re going. You end up causing yourself some pain when, if you turned on the light, you could have seen the furniture and easily avoided bumping into it. Life is the same way. If you don’t know the truth, you are walking around in the dark susceptible to things that you could otherwise easily avoid. So don’t go through life aimlessly anymore. Know the truth, and the truth you know, will set you free.

2) The Son will set you free.

A few verses later in John 8, Jesus says “So is the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36 NIV) In other words, true freedom comes through Jesus and Him alone. Other things may bring you temporary satisfaction, but only Jesus can give you eternal joy. Other things may promise to set you free, but only Jesus can break the chains that bind you. Other things may offer you a get out of jail free card, but only Jesus can give you the key to unlock the prison that you’re in. When Jesus sets you free, nothing can ever hold you back. Let Jesus set you free today!

  1. What does this passage teach us about God? How does it apply to you?
  2. Where in your life have you been walking around in the dark?
  3. Pray and ask Jesus to set you free eternally.

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  1. Thank you for drawing attention to John 8:32 and what it says about Jesus and the truth. I hope people will open their Bibles to the passage and read the first part of what Jesus says there (verse 31), which sets the conditions for the truth setting us free: “To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, ‘If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.'” Knowing the truth happens when we obey the teachings of Jesus.


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