Daily Bible Reading “What is True Freedom” (John 8:23-36)

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What is True Freedom

 

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from John 8. Today, as we study the Bible and get ready to celebrate the 4th of July we are going to talk about what it truly means to be free.


I’m thankful that I live in the United States and I’m thankful for all the people who’ve fought and sacrificed to give us that freedom. Today we’re going to talk about another kind of freedom, and what it truly means to be free.


The Scripture we’re going to look at today is from John 8. In this Scripture Jesus is speaking in the temple. The Pharisees were questioning Him, because they didn’t believe He was the Son of God. Jesus tells them they’re from below, but He is from above, you’re of this world, but I’m not of this world. He explains to them they’ll die in their sins if they don’t believe He is the Son of God.


The Pharisees asked Jesus, Who are you? Jesus told them He was the same as He had been trying to tell them from the beginning. In other words he was trying to tell them the he already told them who He was. Jesus said He had many things to tell them. He also warned them that He would have to judge them. Jesus told them His Father was true and the things He was trying to tell them He learned from the Father. They didn’t understand that the message He was telling them came from God the Father.


Jesus says to them when you have lifted up the Son of man, then you will know that I am He and that I don’t do anything for myself, but I only do what my Father has instructed me to do. He was trying to tell them that when they lifted Him up on the cross, then they would know He was the Son of man and He did what He did in obedience to God the Father. Jesus says the Father hadn’t left Him alone.


When He spoke these words many believed in Him. Jesus talks to the Jews who believed on Him telling them if they abide in His Word continually, they will be His disciples. Jesus declares, you will know the truth and the truth will make you free.

 

The Jews respond to Him telling Him they were born of Abraham’s seed and were never in bondage so how can He make them free. Jesus explains to them whoever commits sin is a servant of sin, and the servant won’t abide forever, but the Son abides forever. Therefore, if you believe in the Son and He makes you free from your sin, then you’ll be free indeed. Now that is true freedom.


I am grateful to live in a free nation, but no matter what country you live in, if you accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, you can be free from your sins and free from the judgment of sin. The freedom of not having to worry about your sin and where you will spend eternity is the best freedom of all.

Daily Bible Reading:


John 8:1-2, 23-36

1 Jesus went unto the mount of Olives.

2 And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them. 

23 And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.
24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.
25 Then said they unto him, Who art thou? And Jesus saith unto them, Even the same that I said unto you from the beginning.
26 I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him.
27 They understood not that he spake to them of the Father.
28 Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.
29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.
30 As he spake these words, many believed on him.
31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
33 They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?
34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.
35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.
36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

 

Things to think about:

  • What does it mean to be free?
  • What is the ultimate freedom?
  • Have you been set free from your sin?
  • If so, leave a comment testifying of this freedom.


Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

We thank You that in this Scripture in Romans 8, where we are reminded if the Son sets you free, then you will be free indeed. We thank You for Your Son, Jesus Christ, which You sent from heaven into this world, and for the sacrifice He made on the cross so we can be free from our sins. We pray You would speak to the hearts of those who don’t know this freedom from sin and help them to accept Him today. Thank you for all those who have fought and sacrificed here in the US to give us the freedom we have today. Bless them for their service to this country. In Jesus’ precious name, we pray. Amen.

 

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