Freedom for Something
31So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?”
34Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. 35The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. 36So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. 37I know that you are offspring of Abraham; yet you seek to kill me because my word finds no place in you. 38I speak of what I have seen with my Father, and you do what you have heard from your father.” John 8:31–38
Independence Day in the United States celebrates the sighning of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Among the tyrannies from which colonists declared themselves free from were commercial exploitation, arbitrary government by remote control, taxation without representation, and the like.
Independent nationhood, of course, implies also freedom for something – freedom for a country to determine its own affairs, freedom for the citizens to make a decent living, to pursue happiness, and to worship God.
Freedom’s fight for something continues today. Citizen groups work for cival rights. It’s good when people come out of the shells of indeifference – or the “I don’t want to get involved” spirit – and show concern for what is socially, politically, and morally right.
As Christians we are the beneficiaries of another freedom, the freedom from the curse of the Law, the power of sin, the fear of death. This is the freedom Jesus Christ gained for us at great cost to himself – it cost him his life.
Thanks to Christ’s work of redemption, we are freed for something: free to hear and follow His Word, free to serve Him. He tell us, ““If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32) With this freedom goes responsibility, as St. Paul tells us, “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” (Gal 5:1)
We give you thanks O Lord for the freedom we enjoy in this country. Please keep us from neglecting or abusing it. Amen
Adapted from Each Day With Jesus © 1999 Concordia Publish House
Rev. Richard Salcido
Last Updated: 7/2/2018