Wednesday 24 March 2021


Home to the Father’s House

Read

They answered, ‘We are descended from Abraham and we have never been the slaves of anyone; what do you mean, “You will be made free”?’ Jesus replied: ‘I tell you most solemnly, everyone who commits sin is a slave. Now the slave’s place in the house is not assured, but the son’s place is assured. So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.’

From JOHN 8: 31-42

Reflect

What does if mean to be free? What does or should it allow us to be or do. Type ‘freedom quotes’ into Google, and you’ll get an array of inspirational, quirky, comical and challenging quotes, conscious as we are that so many people do not have simple basic freedoms, are treated unjustly or with inequality – both far and wide, and here at home.

Whilst many of us may be free to do so many things, it doesn’t mean that we should do them if it means bringing pain or misery to others or to ourselves. Similarly, freedom doesn’t mean having the ability to do anything we like. Whilst many inspirational human beings have pushed the boundaries of what we thought humanity can achieve, some things do actually remain impossible either for individuals or the whole of humanity!

Jesus claims to bring freedom to those who follow him. Committing sin, he says, makes you a slave. But he, as Son liberates us from being a slave to sin, he sets us free to follow God – not in some chaotic, libertine, self indulgent fashion but by living as God has designed us to live. That means living obediently and with hearts full of love. It may seem a contradiction to some – that freedom comes from living obediently. For us, as Christians, it means living in and for God, our creator and loving Father, fulfilling our destiny as his children, being lifted out of all that holds us back, and leading us to the life and love and joy of heaven – home to the Father’s house.

Pray

God our Father, you set us free from sin through the saving death and resurrection of Christ. Help us to live the freedom that comes from being your children. Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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