A short excerpt from a two-and-a-half year old blogpost…
Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My Word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free” (John 8:31-32 NKJV).
Jesus tells the Jews who believed He was the Messiah that to be His Disciples they must abide in His Word. He was the Truth, and only the Truth could make them free.
They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?” (John 8:33 NKJV).
This was a crazy statement on many levels. The descendants of Abraham had been in physical bondage to the Egyptians, the Assyrians, the Babylonians, the Persians, the Greeks, and were at the moment in bondage to the Romans! And spiritually, they believed in a nationalistic Salvation that came from being born a Jew.