Read Luke 4:16-21
Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, "If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free."
--John 8:31-32 (NRSV)
A few minutes' walk from my home is our state's main prison. The walls are high and solid. I cannot see into the facility, nor can the inmates see beyond the walls. The inmates have cells, beds with linen, reasonable meals, and a roof over their heads. But what none of them has is freedom. They cannot do what they like or go where they like, when they like. They do what they're told. For some, this captivity will go on for years.
Jesus, who said he was truth, also said, "The truth will make you free." Part of Jesus' mission was to proclaim release to the captives (See Luke 4:18), but he was talking about more than those forcibly kept in prisons. He surely was referring to those of us who are captive to addictions or bitterness coming from hurt we suffered years ago or perhaps damaging relationships within family, marriage, or between friends.
If we're in captivity to those things or anything else, it doesn't have to go on. Christ wants to set us free--starting today.
Thank you, O God, that when we know you we can live free. Give us courage to do what we need to do to experience the freedom you offer. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
Thought for the Day
Christ offers us release from whatever imprisons us.
Richard William Lawton (South Australia, Australia)