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Today’s Scripture: John 8

Last week, as we read John 5, we saw that Scripture is not life, but that the Scriptures point to the One who is life— JESUS. Not only that, but according to John 1:1, Jesus was (and is) the WORD and according to John 1:4, the Word is LIFE — therefore, Jesus is life (think algebra; if a=b and b=c, then a=c). Today, in John 8, we take it one step further: Jesus (who is the WORD) and his teachings (the Scriptures) lead us to knowing him — the TRUTH. And knowing the TRUTH (Jesus) will set us FREE.

Non-coincidentally, these are the first two “pillars” of CedarCreek—Knowing God and Finding Freedom.

John 14:6 says that Jesus is “the truth” and in today’s chapter, John 8, Jesus says that if you know the truth (him), that it/he “will set you free” (vs. 32). How can you know the truth? Verse 31 reminds us that “if you continue in my word,” you will be his disciple. Because the Word points us to Jesus, and Jesus is the truth, trusting in him leads to knowing him, knowing truth, and becoming his child.

Here are some other verses that point to the credibility and trustworthiness of Jesus, the Word:

  • Your instructions are perfectly true (Psalms 119:142).
  • All your commands are true (Psalms 119:151).
  • The very essence of your words is truth (Psalms 119:160).

The very essence of your words is truth!

What does it mean to be set free by Jesus? Romans 6:16 says being set free means we can “choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living.” John 8 shows that everyone is a slave to something and that “everyone who sins is a slave to sin” (vs. 34). But, once we’ve been set free by trusting in the TRUTH (Jesus), we are no longer considered slaves, but sons and daughters of God. And “a son is part of the family forever” (vs. 35). Therefore, “if the SON has set you free, you are truly free” (vs. 36).

If you know the truth—Jesus—the truth will set you FREE. Being in the Word and trusting in the truth, leads to freedom from sin’s power, addictions, shortcomings, struggles, and pain. To know Jesus you must know the Word. The Word is life. Jesus is the Word and Jesus is the truth. And his truth brings freedom.

Questions:
Do you feel weighed down by your struggles or your sin? Are you looking for freedom? How often are you reading the Word?

Next Steps:
John 8:32 says, “you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” If you do not yet know Jesus in a personal way, talk to a campus leader or friend. They would love to talk to you about trusting in Jesus.

Another option is GrowthTrack. Week One is about Knowing God and Week Two is about Finding Freedom. Week One starts this coming Sunday.

Read God’s Word. Do a word search in the Bible. Look up “truth”, “freedom”, “faith”, and “love” in the Bible app. And study what Scripture has to say about each word.

Prayer:
Jesus, we thank you that you are the truth, and that in you we can find freedom. Help us to seek you so we know you better. Set us free from our struggles, pain, and sin. May we seek life and freedom through you. In Jesus’ name, amen.


This post was written by Kendra Grubinski. Kendra is passionate about her relationship with Jesus and loves studying and sharing God’s Word. During the week, she is a Spanish Teacher at Findlay High School. She also enjoys spending time with her family and pups, reading, traveling, drinking good coffee and being active outdoors.


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  1. Julie Buehrle Estep
    Julie Buehrle Estep says:

    Thank you Kendra for your encouraging words. I search the Word and find freedom, peace. I enjoyed your encouraging article this morning!

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