We celebrate freedom in America on July 4th, Independence Day. It was freedom from being under the control of Britain. We have the military who continues to protect and ensure that we remain the nation of the free. We still see as brought more and more to the light recently that not everyone in this nation enjoys the freedom that many soldiers have died for, yet I believe and have hope that we as a nation are progressing and we are moving a bit closer to the reality of Dr. Martin Luther King's Dream.
No matter what legislation changes to bring forth better equality we understand the real issue we have is within. The big issue is sin and the only one that can set us free from it is Jesus. Why do Christians still struggle with sin and how can we defeat it? We will discover that here in John chapter 8 in the Intimacy Series.
Some of the Jewish leaders tried to trap Jesus by bringing a woman caught in adultery to see his response. Now the question is where is the man, the law says, both should be stoned and yet we see already the Pharisees were biased.
Jesus responded, "let the one without sin throw the first stone." This response quickly revealed the hypocrisy of the group as the majority of them were adulterers themselves as each of them one by one quickly left the crowd.Jesus told the woman "where are your, accusers?" Then he told her "go and sin no more."
We learn here that those who walk intimately with the Lord are free from condemnation, they understand God's mercy and forgiveness, and from that place desire to sin no more.
Jesus continues to speak instructing on how one can get free from sin. The key is walking in the light and not in darkness. It is a choice and what path we choose will determine the outcome. One leads to life the other towards death. In the light, the power of darkness dissipates. Freedom from sin is only possible by living in an ever-abiding intimate place in Christ.
The Pharisees continued questioning Jesus, basically saying "who do you think you are?" They tried to convince Jesus that they are the ones who truly know God because they are children of Abraham. Jesus tells them "you don't know me because you don't know my Father." He said, "When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He and that I do nothing on my own."
Those who are intimate with the Lord are not moved by what others think of them, because they understand where they came from and where they are going. They have security because they understand their identity. Those in the dark don't see, so it is easy to understand that they are ignorant, confused, and blind. So they don't have to take the insults and false labels personal, what else would be expected of those lost in darkness.
Jesus now speaks in verses 30-47 of truth and freedom. How do we stay in the light so we can remain free from sin? It is by continuing to grow in truth by the knowledge of God's Word. Life is filled with choices, we either follow truth or believe a lie. Satan tries to twist the truth with lies but those who are intimate with the Lord see right through it. Our walk deepens with the Lord, the light shines brighter, as we obey the truth that we have heard. So our life in Christ should be one of continual progression towards greater freedom from sin. We will know we have arrived at that place when like Enoch we are taken up.
The Pharisees started telling Jesus that he has a demon, and they began picking up stones to throw at Him. Jesus responded by telling them that "my Father is the one who glorifies Me," then he disappeared for the time of His death had not yet come.
It is never fun to go back and forth with someone, we hope we can change them, but it is only through God, sometimes we are just planting a seed, and later on, through different circumstances, they will change, but for some, they never will, but at least we know we told them the truth.
Those who are intimate with the Lord understand their life is in God's hands and if it is not His will to physically die then He will supernaturally protect them from those who mean them harm. Death has been swallowed up, we have eternal security, so we need not walk in fear but walk boldly in the light, dispelling darkness, and continuing to grow in freedom through the truth of God's Word.