Free Indeed

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36)

Earlier in (John 8:3), the religious leaders brought to Jesus a woman caught in the act of adultery. They reminded Jesus that the law of Moses commanded them to stone the woman and asked what he had to say. They did this in order to test him to find something to accuse him of. Jesus knelt down and wrote on the ground. “And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.”” Jesus knelt again and continued to write and each of the religious men went away and left the woman. Jesus reassured the woman that he did not condemn her for her sin but allowed her to go on her way and encouraged her not to continue in sin. (John 8:3-11)

If Jesus had mercy on a woman caught in the act of adultery, and was willing to forgive and encourage her, “Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised— who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.” (Romans 8:34)

Condemnation does not encourage salvation and demonstrating the love of God to others will win them to God more than using religious rhetoric. Our actions scream a lot louder than our sermons and our willingness to show love to others. Salvation offers freedom and liberty to live a life free from sin. “Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin.” (John 8:34)

We know that our self righteous acts will not save us and it is by the grace of God that we have been saved. It is God who makes us righteous through the blood of Jesus Christ which washes us from our sins. We don’t have to live burdened with guilt and shame but when we confess our sins to God, we know that he is faithful and just to forgive us of all our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)


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