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Jesus Is the Light for Your Life, Part 11

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TEXT: John 8:12-36

Thomas Watson said, "To serve God, to love God, to enjoy God, is the sweetest freedom in the world."

After Jesus states that belief in Him and the decision to continue in His word is the way to true spiritual freedom, the Jews respond by basically saying, 'We don't need your freedom because we're not in bondage.' "They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?"

Of course, this is an absurd statement because the Jews had very often been in bondage. Their ancestors had been in bondage to the Egyptians for 400 years. Throughout history, the Jewish people had been subjugated by the Philistines, the Babylonians, the Persians, and the Syrians. Even now as they spoke to Jesus, they were under the authority of the Romans. Yet they considered themselves to be free. They say, we 'were never in bondage to any man.' Because they do not realize they are in bondage, they see no need for this freedom that Jesus speaks of.

But Jesus is not just talking about physical, political, or economic slavery. He is talking about spiritual slavery. "Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin." The word "committeth" indicates continuous action. All of us have sinned repeatedly at one time or another in our lives. Thus, at some point, we were servants to sin. The people Jesus is talking to right now have not received the freedom that He offers, thus they too are servants to sin. The word translated "servant" is much stronger in the Greek text. It literally means "a slave, a bondman, a man of servile condition."

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