Week of January 28 - Day 3

Day 3 Read: John 8:31-32

31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Reflect: What does Jesus say is required for knowing the truth? What is the benefit of knowing truth?

Consider: The meaning here involves knowing Jesus as truth, who brings a transforming sense of freedom to human life. This verse is a statement neither advocating nor disparaging academics. Moreover, it is not a statement advocating attachment to mere information or doctrine about Jesus. It is instead a statement about a living relationship with the Son of God, “the truth,” who gives freedom to human beings (cf. 8:36).[1]

Respond: In what ways are you living captive and not experiencing the freedom Jesus promises? What practical steps do you need to take in order to depend more on Him and his teachings rather than others?

 

[1] Gerald L. Borchert, John 1–11, vol. 25A, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1996), 303.