DAY SIXTEEN John 8:31-59 Ernest Kelly,
Fairless Hills First United Methodist Church
Freedom, people write and sing about it. They fight and die for it. Every person wants to be free from slavery, poverty and ignorance. Jesus spoke of another kind of freedom. He referred to a freedom from the power of sin, a freedom to know and serve God. That freedom is not found through any religious activity. Nor is it obtained as a birthright, as some ancient Jews thought. Instead, true freedom comes through a relationship with the One who is the embodiment of the true path to salvation, Jesus Christ.
When Jesus lives within a person, he liberates that person from enslavement to sin and death. If you've struggled with sin, and we all have, you know about its oppressive hold. You've felt its tight, vise-like grip on your soul. In this passage of scripture Jesus offers freedom from sin's oppression in our lives. All we need to do is to "hold to his teachings" through the power of the Holy Spirit and become his true disciples in thought, word and deed.
As we prepare for our Sunday of outreach may we deepen our relationship with God as a true disciple and share God's love with the community.
Action Step: Remembering what Jesus did for us is not recalling His sacrifice, but the acceptance of true freedom that changes us. May it be clear to the World that we are children of God by everything we do and say.
Prayer: Lord, we lift you up in praise and thanks for all you have done for us, may we share your love and true freedom with the world. Amen.