John 8:32, “and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
Throughout the ages, man has been on a quest for freedom. There are so many wonderful stories of how people achieved their freedom. As a history teacher, I love reading about how the thirteen colonies decided freedom was necessary and how they finally achieved it from England. It was a grand day when Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown. The liberation of Paris during World War II brought back freedom to millions of French people. Pictures show us how the French people were lined up along the streets very grateful and once again happy to be free. The world will never forget the pictures of those frail starved Jewish people slowly making their way through the open prison gate to freedom. Do you remember the POW’s from Vietnam when they landed on free soil? Let’s move beyond those wonderful moments of freedom in time, and let’s talk about freedom both in time and in Eternity. I call this the ultimate freedom.
In John 8:32, we read that it is “the truth” that makes one free. In chapter 8, there are those who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ and those who did not believe. Verse 30 says, “as he spake these words, many believed on him” When an individual hears the Word of God and accepts or acts upon what he hears, that is belief or acceptance of the truth. In John 14:6, Jesus saith onto him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man, cometh unto the father, but by me.” The ultimate freedom was made manifest in Christ. He is all you need to be free.
We need to remember that every man is born in sin. Sin is his prison, his agony, and the roadblock that makes salvation impossible. The Bible was full of examples of those who heard the truth, accepted the truth, and were set free. I will reference just two examples: those who heard the Word in Acts2:41 (about 3000 souls) and the Philippian jailer in Acts 16:31. The truth of the Word of God changed each life. Have you allowed it to change yours?
Our world today is full of philosophies and ideologies and just plain craziness each claiming to be truth. I would challenge you to observe them and see how many lives they’ve made better, how many lost sinners have been saved and have the joy of knowing the reality of truth. Mankind has always been free to accept or reject the truth. We read that in John 8, and we see it in our day. If you have chosen to accept Christ as Savior, you know exactly how the truth can change your life. If you’ve made the other choice, you know your life has not been changed. Today would be a wonderful day to accept the truth of God’s Word and Jesus Christ as your Savior. You have His promise that He will make you free indeed.