John's Gospel - a new look- Set free by the truth.
Jn. 8:12-41The truth will set you free.
Jesus claims to be the light of the world. “Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness…”(8:12)
What an amazing claim and also promise. Daily we come into contact with a world that is filled with darkness. A world ruled by what the Apostle Paul refers to as “the dominion of darkness” in Colossians 1:13. The daily newspapers testify to the problems of this world and the sad lives of many who are controlled by sins such as selfish ambition, greed, anger and jealousy. Into this world God sent his Son to not only be the light, but to offer that light to all who choose to accept it.
In Jn. 8:31 Jesus makes this amazing claim; “If you follow my teachings then you are really my disciples and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free”. The religious leaders of his day rejected this offer and unfortunately many today make the same sad choice. What is your answer to the invitation to follow Jesus?
In order to hear the message you have to open your spiritual eyes and see the Son of God for who he is. The alternative is to believe in the devil, who Jesus calls “the father of lies” (Jn.8:44). Satan is full of lies, and many have fallen for them. In sharp contrast is Jesus of Nazareth; who is the truth and offers you life and life abundantly as you walk in the light.