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Prepare to listen. Still your heart and mind with this prayer from Psalm 19: Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.
Prayerfully Read John 8:31-38
31Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, ‘If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; 32and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.’ 33They answered him, ‘We are descendants of Abraham and have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean by saying, “You will be made free”?’ 34Jesus answered them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. 35The slave does not have a permanent place in the household; the son has a place there for ever. 36So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed. 37I know that you are descendants of Abraham; yet you look for an opportunity to kill me, because there is no place in you for my word. 38I declare what I have seen in the Father’s presence; as for you, you should do what you have heard from the Father.’
“If you continue in my word.” With these words, Jesus began his dialogue with the Jews who had believed in him. He sadly ended it with, “there is no place in you for my word.”
Jews believing in Jesus seemed promising, but it turned out to be fake news. There was no belief in their heart and thus no place for Jesus’ word. In fact, they’d allowed themselves to become corrupt with the lie that they were free because they were descendants of Abraham and Sarah, and needed nothing else. Therefore, they weren’t willing to make place for Jesus’ word in their hearts. They might have done so, had Jesus shaped his teaching around their desires and ideals, or agreed with them that being descendants of Abraham was enough. Instead, they believed a lie, and were, said Jesus, slaves to sin, which is the worst form of slavery. It’s the worst, because lies gives space for evil to flourish and turn into hatred and violence. This is what happened to these Jews and so they looked for an opportunity to kill Jesus.
They chose lies that enslave and rejected the truth that sets us free.
What do you believe? Is it a lie that enslaves or the truth that sets free?
Respond to Jesus
Jesus, you claimed, ‘I am the truth,’ and this truth will make us free. Help me search for truth, no matter how uncomfortable and challenging, so that your truth will make me free. May I make place for your word to live in my heart so that the world will know I am truly your disciple. Amen.
Go live obediently in the world. Make place for Jesus’ words which are truth.
Reflection on Scripture has been a constant in my life ever since I can remember. Reflecting on Jesus in the Gospels has become a necessity to get Jesus right. Join me in reading John to see Jesus more clearly this Lent.