Read: John 8:34-47
Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin.” (v. 34 NLT)
The word sin in Greek (hamartia) means wrongdoing, usually any act contrary to the will and law of God. Sin is personified in this John 8:34 as a cruel master. Paul used the same illustration in Romans 6:15-23.
When Jesus began to speak about bondage and freedom, many of the Jews did not understand him. They thought he was talking about political freedom, including the current occupation and oppression of their people by the Romans. Some even denied the very reality of their political situation. Their claim that Abraham’s descendants had never been in bondage was certainly a false one. But Jesus challenged them with the absolute truth about our bondage to sin. Let’s not be blind to the realities of life, including our spiritual condition. The way of escape is to admit the truth of your situation, and of your sin, so you can find freedom.
How can slaves of sin be set free? Only by the Son. How does he do it? Through the power of his Word, and he himself is the logos, the Word. (John 1:1-5). The problem with the listeners in today’s reading was that they couldn’t make room for his Word in their hearts (John 8:37-47). Know the truth and the truth shall set you free (John 8:32). —Rev. Godfrey Kyome (Assistant Executive Director, Words of Hope Uganda)
As you pray, face the reality of life and seek the Word for your freedom.