March 13, 2022 9AM Service(Audio/Video)
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Delivered By
Pastor Lynn Spoon
Delivered On
March 13, 2022 at 9:00 AM
Central Passage
John 8:31-59
Subject
THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE
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THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE John 8:31-59

 

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.” vs.31-32

Abide in (hold onto) His word from His Book. Think of clinging to it tightly.

They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can You say that we shall be set free?” v. 33

1. I must admit that I’m a Prisoner.

The worst kind of prison is the one we don’t recognize.

Jesus replied “I tell you the truth. Everyone who sins is a slave to sin.” v. 34

A. Who am I? Am I a son or am I a slave?

“Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So, if the Son sets you free you’ll be free indeed.” vs. 35-36

Jesus said recognize your Identity.

B. Am I leaving Room in my life for His word?

“I know you are Abraham’s descendants. Yet you are ready to kill me, because you have no room for My word.” v. 37

We often need to make room for Jesus to do some new work in our lives.

“I am telling you what I have seen in the Father’s presence, and you do what you have heard from your father”. “Abraham is our father they answered”, “If you were Abraham’s children,” said Jesus, “then you would do the things Abraham did. As it is, you are determined to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth, that I heard from God. Abraham did not do such things. You are doing the things your own father does. “We are not illegitimate children” they protested “The only father we have is God Himself “ vs. 38-41

2. I must Admit what I am doing is Not working.

C. Who is my Father? Is it God or is it Satan?

Jesus said to them , “If God were your Father, you would love Me. For I came from God and now am here. I have not come on My own; but He sent Me. Why is my language not clear to you? Because you’re unable to hear what I say. You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar, and the father of lies.” vs. 42-44

D. I need to Listen for God’s voice.

“Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me! Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me? He who belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.” vs. 45-47

3. I need to stop Resisting and start Trusting Jesus.

Three ways they resisted Jesus!

A. Slander.

The Jews answered Him, “Aren’t we right in saying that you are a Samaritan and demon possessed?” v. 48

Jesus said; Let Me tell you the truth your father is Satan.

“I am not possessed by a demon”, said Jesus, “but I honor my Father and you dishonor me. I am not seeking glory for myself; but there is one who seeks it, and He is the judge.” v. 49

B. Argument.

“I tell you the truth. If anyone keeps My word he will never see death.” v. 51

At this the Jews exclaimed, “Now we know You are demon possessed! “Abraham died and so did the prophets, yet you say that if anyone keeps your word, he will never taste death, Are you greater than our father Abraham? He died and so did the prophets. Who do you think you are?” vs. 52-53

C. Sarcasm.

Jesus replied “If I glorify Myself, my glory means nothing. My Father who you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies Me. Though you don’t know Him, I know Him. If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know Him and keep his word. Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad” vs. 54-56

You don’t know Him, I know Him. To know Him intellectually vs. To know Him personally.

“You are not yet fifty years old,” the Jews said to Him, and you have seen Abraham! v. 57

“I tell you the truth, Jesus answered, before Abraham was born, I am!” v. 58

God said to Moses, “I am who I am. I am Jesus, God.

“At this they picked up stones to stone Him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the Temple grounds.” v. 59

We’re always going to end up doing one of two things. Either throwing stones at Jesus, resisting Him, or throwing ourselves at His feet, trusting Him. We get to choose.

 
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