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Jesus – Believe in Jesus and live

Part 4

“The truth will set you free”

John 8:31-32

Intro

From John chapter 18

On the day He was crucified

Jesus stood before Pontius Pilate

Being tried on false charges.

Pilate asked Jesus if He is indeed a King as many were saying

Jesus replied

“You are right in saying that I am a King. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the worlds, to testify to the truth.

“Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”

To which Pontius Pilate replied, “What is truth?”

What is truth?

Many today are asking this question

“What is truth?”

We live in a time when many claim that there are no absolute truths

Many teach that there is only what is right for you.

If you have boy parts and want to identify as a girl that’s your truth

If you don’t like your race, just call yourself something else- that’ your truth

If this grapefruit wants to be a pineapple- that is its truth

This is why

Sexual sins

Abortion which is only legalized murder

All sorts of dishonesty and deception

Addictions of all kinds

Are running rampant in our country today

It fact in our world

They teach that there is no real right or wrong

It seems in the world today that there is no clear line to use as a standard for our behavior and beliefs

Just the absolute belief that there are no absolutes.

Notice I said seems

I said seems because there are very clear truths written right here in God’s word

Jesus said in John 14:6

Jesus said

“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.

In a world searching for the truth, the truth is closer than most believe or want to believe

It is so close that it is sad that many fail to see it

So many fail to reach out and grab it

Today as we look at our text

I want you to know the power of knowing the truth and the freedom the truth can bring.

In today’s world the desire to attain freedom is the source of many wars and conflicts

Countries and traditions all over the world

Are collapsing

People are demanding their God given right to be free

Ironically even those who do not claim to know God

Will use

“God given”

When referring to their right to freedom

Many have fought and died and are fighting and dying for that right as we speak

Freedom is a wonderful thing

But

Many people in the world are not free

They think they are

But

Many are still in bondage to sin in their lives

Many of those mentioned are not even aware that they are slaves to sin

Please open your bibles to John 8:31-32

31 Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. 32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Jesus Christ is the Truth

In this passage of scripture he is talking to people who have believed in him

Many who had once followed for the wrong reasons

Believed for the wrong reasons were falling away

Remember last week we talked about the ones who were coming to Jesus for what they could get

To get fed or healed

What Jesus is doing here is urging those who were still with him

Those who really want to be his followers

To hold to his teachings

To stick

To remain in him as John 15:4 states

4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you.

These words “Remain in me “have great spiritual meaning

To remain in Jesus

Means to accept the truth

Embrace the truth

Live the truth

And

This truth

Is Jesus Christ himself

To remain means to place ourselves

Our whole selves into his care

Accept his guidance and direction in our lives

To draw life from Jesus

By living in the truth of his mercy and his love

We all have the ability to know the truth

God puts it in us to search for this truth

From our creation

We have a desire to know God

A desire to find this truth

But many miss it

You see

In order to know the truth

I mean really know the truth

You must know the one who is the truth

Once you know the truth

I mean really know the truth

Then

And only then

Can you be free

The Truth will set you free

Not freedom from oppression as many have tried to claim by misquoting this verse

Not freedom from the troubles of this world

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