The Truth that Sets You Free
“If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Jesus statement is bold and profound. We get “the truth will set you free” part. This is why education is often a major part of most solutions to enslaving problems. We seek to educate people on the dangers of drug or alcohol abuse as a means of setting them free from these dangers. We seek to provide mentors to enhance the education of kids in poor neighborhoods to help them escape the cycle of poverty.
What we don’t get, however, is the first part of Jesus’ statement: the “if” part. It runs counter to accepted idea of what freedom is. He says, “if you abide in my word…the truth will set you free.” To abide means to dwell or remain. It means to constrainyourself to his word. We assume freedom means free from all constraints. Jesus isn’t saying that. He says true freedom doesn’t mean free from all constraints, but rather constraining yourself to the right master. The truth will set you free, so constrain yourself to it.