True freedom is not given to you by your government authorities. True freedom is not something that is external. True freedom is internal. True freedom is given to you by your Creator.
John 8:30-32, 36
30 As He was saying these things, many believed in Him. 31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, you really are My disciples. 32 You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.… 36 Therefore, if the Son sets you free, you really will be free.”
For the people living in the first century under Roman rule, they had a limited amount of freedom. Jesus told them that their freedom did not depend on what liberty their government gave to them. True freedom came from a different source. Even if they had been in captivity, it would have been possible for them to know and experience the peace and liberty of true freedom.
True freedom comes through the person of Jesus. As verse 36 attests, “if the Son sets you free, you will be really free.” Jesus sets you free from the captivity and consequences of sin. Sin wants to control you, dominate you and destroy you. Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead to give you forgiveness of sin, freedom to live a brand new life, and the promise of eternal life in heaven. If you want true freedom, look to Jesus.
True freedom comes by knowing the truth. John chapter eight verse thirty-two tells us that “you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Jesus is the Truth with a capital “T.” God’s Word, the Bible, is absolute truth. God is the perfect standard of truth in every way. When you live your life in line with God’s Word — loving God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, and loving your neighbor as yourself — you will know freedom. You will be free from guilt, fear and bitterness. You will be free to serve others, share Christ with them, and live a Christ-honoring life.
A nation is wise to write its laws in line with God’s Word, because not only do individuals receive blessings when they walk in obedience to God’s Word but nations are blessed when they do the same. Oh, how we pray for our nation and the nations of the world to realize the blessings and freedom that come by living according to God’s Word. As Jesus teaches us to pray, “Father, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
True freedom comes by following Christ. One of the marks of a true believer in Jesus is that they will continue in His Word (v31), meaning that that they will continue over time to walk in accordance with His Word, the Bible. There is true freedom in following Him. We may (we will) stumble and fall, but we continually get back up and with His help we follow in the way of Christ.
This type of freedom transcends earthly kingdoms. A person who follows Jesus in Iran is just as free as a person who follows Jesus in Somalia who is just as free as a person who follows Jesus in the USA, spiritually speaking. They are free to live for Jesus, free to love people the way He did, free to point people to salvation in Him. They are free to think. They are free to be nice, kind, truthful, sincere, hospitable, honoring, and a host of other positive things. They are free to pray for those who set themselves up as their enemies, to do good to those who despise them, and to serve all people in Jesus’ name.
True freedom changes the world. The United States of America was founded upon laws in line with God’s Word. Religious liberty has been a hallmark of this nation for more than 200 years. We pray for a lot of things, but we pray mostly for citizens and leaders to come to saving faith in Jesus Christ and to courageously follow Him. Then, in our homes, in our cities, and across our land there will be true freedom as people follow Jesus and live their lives in line with God’s Word.
True freedom comes through the person of Jesus. True freedom comes by knowing the truth. True freedom comes by following Christ.