Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham and have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean by saying, ‘You will be made free’?”
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The people to whom Jesus was speaking latched onto the concept of freedom. They didn't think they needed to be made free. Rather bold statement for a people who had been under the thumb of Rome for as long as they could remember. I latched onto the concept of the truth because, frankly, in this time of fact-checking, it is a quandary how to discern the truth. It is a safe bet that there are lies-a-plenty to go around, but is there any truth in them thar hills? I have often thought about what it would be like to have the curtain pulled back on the whole world, past and present, so that we could all witness together the God's honest truth. My first thought is that it would be thoroughly depressing. My second thought is that it would be surprisingly hopeful if you glazed over the bad stuff. My next thought is that what I see as the truth is different than what you see. And we are back again, wondering how to discern the truth when we are all poor filters for it. When I have finished chasing my tail, I find freedom by moving in the direction of the one who is the Way, the Truth and the Life.
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Holy God, teach us your will and your way. Amen.