“You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free... And if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed," reads John 8:32, 36.
With these words to his Jewish audience, Jesus addresses the universal desire for freedom. And not just freedom from ethnic or political enslavement, the domination of one people over another or even temporary restrictions of activities caused by a potentially deadly disease; but more importantly, freedom from the bondage of sin, which in one way or another is the root cause of all enslavement.
As a child, I used to dream of the day in which I would be free from parental control. I looked forward to the time that I could go where I wish and do as I please. But since then, I’ve come to understand that freedom always comes at a cost, whether that cost be taking responsibility for and shouldering the consequences of our actions.
In the case of Jesus, the cost was giving his life so that we can enjoy the freedom he and he alone can give. This is freedom that all the despots and diseases in the world can never take away.
Yes, as a child of God, I am free. But I’m still living into that freedom — as are we all. As we find ourselves but four days until Easter, let us live into and appreciate even more the freedom that is given through the life, death, and resurrection of our Lord. And when we are able to once again assemble in our sanctuaries, let us proclaim with more enthusiasm than ever before, “He is risen! I'm free.”
Yes, if the Son sets you free, you are free indeed.