34 Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35 And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. 36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. (John 8:34–36, NKJV)
The 4th of July. Across the land, parades, picnics and fireworks celebrate America’s Independence Day. How many will pause and ponder this paradox: Although living in a free country, most are not free at all. By committing sin, millions upon millions of Americans (as well as billions around the globe) are enslaved to sin. Freedom from a tyrannical king is cherished and celebrated. Yet, sin’s tyranny over the soul is more brutal and more enduring than any oppression from an earthly dictator. Are you truly free today? The Son of God wishes to make you “free indeed” by saving you from sin. How does He free us from sin? Jesus answered by saying, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (Jno. 8:31-32). Do not refuse freedom from sin. By faith, know and abide in the word of Christ, and the Son will make you free. That is true freedom.