33 They answered him, “We are a seed from Abraham, and none have ever been enslaved to anyone. How can you say, ‘You will become free’?”
34 Jesus answered, “I honestly tell you, every sinner is a slave of the sin.
35 A slave does not stay in the household permanently, but a son does stay permanently.
36 That is why if the Son liberates you, you really will be free.
Does anyone out there want to be liberated from sin? I sure do. I have been a Christian for 47 years, and I still feel the results of the bondage I was born into. Slaves have committed all sorts of crimes — even murder or suicide — in order to become free. I understand that desperation.
But I have found a better way to deal with my inherited slavery. First, I refused to deny it. Many — like these “seed of Abraham” try to deny the reality of their own sinfulness. That did not work for them, and it didn’t work for me. It wasn’t until I confessed my own ability to become good that I found help in Jesus.
Jesus explains here what he can do for the person who comes to him in repentance and trusts in him for liberation. He is God’s only Son, so if he decides to declare a person free, it happens. The rest is living a life of faith in the Son who has set you free. It is like living in a submarine. There is water all around you, but you cannot drown. When my Savior returns, he will rid this universe of sin completely. Until then, he is my submarine!
LORD, set more people free today!