What Is Freedom?

Read: John 8:34-38

If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (v. 36)

Before the Covid 19 pandemic, for 26 years I led a team to visit Luzira Prison for ministry. To enter the Condemned Section of Uganda’s only maximum security prison, we had to go through six heavily guarded gates made with strong iron bars. This is probably what most of us imagine when we think about prison: a cell with bars and guards patrolling the halls.

But there are other kinds of prisons. Many people live in spacious and comfortable homes with all the perks, but they are still in prison whether to addictions, debt, or isolation. However, others serving prison terms behind bars have found freedom in knowing Jesus Christ.

Today’s Scripture teaches us about the importance of knowing the truth that leads to freedom. Jesus asserted that “everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin” (v. 34). He challenges us not to delight in self-confidence or traditional ideas of being free because of the kind of family we come from, rich or poor, religious or dignified, or even whatever tribe we belong to. Rather, “if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (v. 36). Either know the truth and be free or ignore the truth and be a slave to sin. Jesus came to bring this freedom (Gal. 5:1).

Are you experiencing true freedom in Christ? Seek to know the truth that true freedom is found in Christ who died for us. —Rev. Titus Baraka (Executive Director, Words of Hope Uganda)

As you pray, ask the Lord Jesus to teach you his truth that you may receive your freedom.

About the Author

Rev. Titus Baraka is the Executive Director for Words of Hope Uganda.

This entry is part 8 of 21 in the series Freedom in Christ