So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you remain in my word, you are really my disciples. You will also know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” “We are Abraham’s descendants,” they answered, “and we have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say, ‘You will be set free’?” Jesus answered, “Amen, Amen, I tell you: Everyone who keeps committing sin is a slave to sin. But a slave does not remain in the family forever. A son does remain forever. So if the Son sets you free, you really will be free.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank you for the blessings and freedom you have given to us. Please let us remember the even greater freedom we have, not from oppressive kings and governments but sin’s release. As you told those Jews and now to us, if we remain in you, we will be your disciples, knowing the truth will set us free. The truth is we were bound with the shackles and chains of sin and death with no hope of escape; our guilt for the things we have thought, said, and done was far too great for anyone. So while we might have physical freedoms, your law shows how great we have missed the mark at loving you and others. It shows us our sins.
But you did not stop there by telling everyone how great their sins were. You came here, to earth, not to judge the world but to redeem it. To be born under the law, you were born of Mary to live a perfect life, crediting us with your perfection. Then you went to the cross paying off our debt of sin and making us heirs to heaven. Finally, you broke open that last chain, death. You defeated death for us when you rose victoriously from the grave. You bought us our freedom through your precious blood, and this is true freedom having all our shackles of sin removed forever. So through faith, we are reunited with you, our God. Since you have set us free, we are indeed free.
Please grant us opportunities to share with others the freedom that comes only through you and your Word; so that they, too, will know about the freedom from sin that only comes through you. Amen.
Written through Pastor Roger Emmons
Jesus said in his Word, “your sins have been forgiven.” This Independence Day, go in peace, knowing you have been freed from all your sins by Jesus’ holy life and innocent death. Freedom is yours!