THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE
Leslie M. John
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (John 8:32)
The first few verses from John Chapter 8 describe how a woman, who was caught red handedly in the act of prostitution, was brought by Scribes and Pharisees before Jesus, tempting him to determine whether or not she should be punished as per the Law of Moses. But Jesus stooped down and wrote something on the ground as if he did not hear them. (John 8:6)
However, when they continued asking him he said to them they may cast stones at her to kill her, but only the man who has never committed any sin in his life may cast first stone at her. None of the accusers threw stones at her and every one started leaving one by one. Jesus did not condemn the woman and let her go. Scribes and Pharisees still remained there to drag Jesus into debate and catch him on some point and accuse him.
Then Jesus said to Scribes and Pharisees that he was the light of the world and whoever followed him had the light of life and will not walk in darkness. The Pharisees therefore accused him of his birth. When Jesus said to them that He was not alone but he and the Father were one, they did not understand him. They even asked him where his father was.
Jesus told them that the record he bore was true and they knew him not fully well. (John 8:14-15). Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary. Luke 1:35 records… “And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God”. Jesus is the Son of God.
Jesus said to them that if they knew God they would have known him as well. The argument went on and Pharisees called names and said that he was Samaritan and he had a devil in him. Jesus said that he had no devil in him and they dishonored him but he honored his Father. (John 8:48-50) They did not believe him even though he spoke the Truth.
It can be seen that Jesus was very bold and point blank to give replies to them. Jesus tells them that they need to be freed of their sin. Scribes and Pharisees boasted in themselves that they are the children of Abraham and they were never under bondage that they should be freed from their sin. They did not remember or were ignorant that their forefathers were in bondage of slavery under Pharaoh in Egypt; they did not remember or were ignorant that they were under the bondage of Assyrians and Babylonians.
As on that date when they were talking to Jesus and as they were trying to trap Jesus on some question and they were already under the bondage of Roman Government. Yet, Jesus was making a point that they were under the bondage of sin and they need to be freed of their sin. Scribes and Pharisees did not realize that Jesus was the Messiah and he was the Son of God.
They were claiming that God is their Father and Jesus had to tell them bluntly that their father was devil because they could not recognize the Son of God nor could understand his speech. He said their father, who is the devil, was a murderer from the beginning and lived not in the truth because there is no truth in him. (John 8:41-44)
Jesus spoke the truth because He is the Way, He is the Truth and He is the Light. The Pharisees and Scribes lost their patience and were about to harm Jesus. Even as Jesus was speaking these words many believed; yet Scribes and Pharisees went on accusing him and tried to lay hands on him. The time was net yet come, and therefore, no one could do anything to Jesus and he walked away from their midst unharmed.