Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The Freedom Christ Brings

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.  –John 8:32 (KJV)

When I read this passage in the Bible where Jesus made this wonderful statement about knowing the truth and the truth shall make you free, I cannot help but think about what came later when the Lord stood before a man known as Pontius Pilate.  Jesus was on trial and headed for the cross where He would bear the sins of the entire world.  There before the Roman Governor Pilate, Jesus said this: “Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice (John 18:37).”  Pilate responded to this with these words, “What is truth?” Do not believe for a moment the Roman Governor was searching for truth or that he wanted to understand the truth of God.  No, his was a cynical statement which reflects the worldly believe that truth is nothing more than relevant to the situation.  Pilate spoke of truth, but his words showed he had no concern for the truth of God’s Word, the Living Word, who stood before him at that moment. 

I share this because the world still holds this attitude today.  Countless people hold to the belief that truth is what we make it to be and the truth changes depending on the situation and the prevailing circumstances.  When people find themselves miserable, drifting, alone, and without hope I want to ask them how is this view of truth is working out for them.  People need truth in their lives.  I am referring to truth which does not change and does not alter depending on the circumstances.  We all need an anchor that will guide us through the storms of life, provide us with stability in the dark times, and peace in the hard times.  We have direct access to truth, the ultimate truth, He has a name, and His name is Jesus Christ. 

We have the ultimate truth, which is the Word of God.  The Bible says the Word, which was God, became flesh, and dwelt among us (John 1:14).  Jesus Christ is the embodiment of this truth.  When Jesus said if we know the truth and the truth will set us free, He was talking about Himself.  When we know Him, Christ sets us free from the chains that bind us.

Claim Christ’s power today over those trials that would otherwise bring you down.  Walk forward in faith.  A better and brighter day is coming.

God bless you today.