Read: John 8:31-32
Jesus makes this promised filled comment to His disciples:
if you abide in my word:
then you are truly my disciples
you will know the truth
the truth will set you free.
Remaining connected to and dwelling “in Him” is the true mark of a disciple.
The word of God, the Scriptures, teaches us Gods truth, The Living Word Jesus Christ is the revelation of God’s truth.
Jesus says, I am the Way the Truth and the life.
We can know the truth – intellectually yes- but even more so- intimately in a life changing day to day impacting way.
And Knowing The Truth, Jesus as Lord and Savior, does indeed make us free.
We are free to live In Him with a radical freedom that He is enough for our lives to have purpose and meaning. The Sufficiency of Christ changes our lives. We don’t need to live according to the law but according to the relationship with Jesus as the fundament touchstone and measure of our choices, actions, and pursuits.
Abide: (meno) Greek word: remain, continue, stay, endure, wait, stand
There is something very active about the word abide: it requires a focus and intentionality to stay put, to continue, in the face of distractions or feelings that may entice us to stray.
Jesus says, Abide in my word, Abide in Me
- What does the word Abide mean to you?
- How do you do this on a daily, moment by moment basis? What prevents or hinders you from doing so?
Jesus and our relationship with Him is THE most important part of our life.
It is from our relationship with Him that we are able to handle whatever the day brings, the twist, turns and trials of life, He give us our perspective, our marching orders, our ability to live faithfully in the midst of questions, struggles sorrows. We enjoy a freedom that only faith can bring.
As is true for most of us, life is full of disappointments, unanswered questions, brokenness, betrayal, hardship, and it is our faith in God that keeps us going. We choose to abide in Christ, we call to mind scriptures we have memorized; we open the Bible to find comfort, direction, solace. We remind ourselves of times when Jesus has been profoundly present and sustained us during times of grief and trials. We cling to the hope that He will see us through till the dawn.
I cannot imagine my life without my ongoing daily, moment by moment relationship with Jesus.
- Can you relate?
- How does knowing The Truth set you free?
- What does living in freedom mean to you?
Read John 8:31-42
How does this expand or enhance the meaning of Jesus words in verse 31 & 32.
Look at the context of where in the Gospel of John this passage sits. How does that impact the meaning or increase your understanding?
Look at this outline of the passage and see how it expands your understanding:
Read this interesting Sermon on John 8:31-36
Daily Lectionary Readings:
Daniel 3:14-20, 52-56, 91-95; Psalm 143; John 8:31-42
If you want to read through the New Testament during Lent (about 1/2 hour a day)
Read on Day 36: 1 Thessalonians & 2 Thessalonians