It is always a pleasure for me to meet you for our meditation today which is found in John, chapter 8, verse 32 where it is written: "You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
What is the price of freedom? Where can we find it? People roam the earth in search of happiness. Some think they find it in new ideologies, others think they find it in material acquisitions. It is not the school that frees us. Degrees are not going to set us free.
The religious people of Jesus' time thought they knew everything, but now instead of a knowledge that liberates, they have become slaves to a knowledge that makes them proud. Instead of being free, they are slaves to religion. Religion has never made anyone free.
A careful look at all the religions that exist will show you that instead of freedom, some religions produce fanatics and they end up lobotomizing certain fragile people. This is the complete opposite of what the God of the Bible wants to convey to us, as we can see in this verse of the day.
This God loves us. This is why he wants to set us free. However, the freedom in question here passes through the knowledge of the truth. I hear here two words carefully emphasized by the apostle John: the knowledge of the truth leads to freedom.
In other words, error, the devil's lie and ignorance lead to slavery. The adversary uses all kinds of tactics against us to keep us in darkness and bondage. Among others, there is counterfeiting which is an old but very effective tactic, because the lie pretends to be the truth.
But this is clearly unmasked in the Word of God where it is written: "You are of your father the devil, and you want to accomplish the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and he does not stand in the truth , because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own heart; for he is a liar and the father of lies" (John 8:44).
But there is not only counterfeiting, there is also imposture. An impostor is someone who abuses the trust of others through lies, by usurping a quality. By our own efforts, we will accomplish nothing that can save us.
We need to accept the truth and let it dwell deep within our being. David prayed in these terms: "But you want the truth to be in the bottom of the heart: therefore let wisdom penetrate within me!" (Ps 51:8)
This text invites us to come out of slavery to be in the freedom that is in Jesus, because the freedom we are talking about has a name: it is Jesus Christ.
Indeed, we all need freedom; this is why when we are subjected to a situation of enslavement, we long for deliverance, for freedom, because we were created for freedom, what the apostle Paul says: "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. So stand firm, and do not let yourselves be brought under the yoke of bondage again." (Galatians 5 /1)
Have a nice day and God bless you.