“To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32
Those of us who believe in Jesus, we must hold true to his teaching. We become his disciples when we declare that he is the true son of God and that he saved us from our sins. You might be reading this and thinking, cool okay Hannah I know the story of the gospel and probably have heard it 82 times. But guys, it’s true. It is truth that Jesus died on the cross for you! For your sins and mistakes and brokenness.
This summer I was a camp counselor at a camp in east Texas called Sky Ranch and our whole Bible study was about how the Bible was true. We talked about what we know about truth and lies and what influences us to believe both. And as simple as it sounds, the whole message if the study was that the Bible is 100% true. That every story actually happened and that Jesus truly loves us.
I think sometimes it can be super hard to break through that barrier of knowing and believing or even believing and accepting. But man, John told it how it is in this verse. When we know Jesus and accept his love for us, that will set us free. With Jesus we are free of sin and shame and worry and anxiety and all of these things that makes us broken. That doesn’t mean that we will never mess up again (oh how I wish that were true) but it means that we have someone to help us when we mess up. Heal us from our brokenness.
We get to know our sweet savior through studying the bible. At the beginning of the book of John, he begins by saying that the word was God. Meaning that the Bible is God’s words to us. And since God doesn’t make mistakes, ever, his word is truth. And we get to be free in that.