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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wednesday October 12; John 8.31-42

John 8. 31-42

31Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; 32and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” 33They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham and have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean by saying, ‘You will be made free’?” 34Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. 35The slave does not have a permanent place in the household; the son has a place there forever. 36So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed. 37I know that you are descendants of Abraham; yet you look for an opportunity to kill me, because there is no place in you for my word.

38I declare what I have seen in the Father’s presence; as for you, you should do what you have heard from the Father.” 39They answered him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would be doing what Abraham did, 40but now you are trying to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. This is not what Abraham did. 41You are indeed doing what your father does.” They said to him, “We are not illegitimate children; we have one father, God himself.” 42Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and now I am here. I did not come on my own, but he sent me.

Thoughts:  And the truth will make you free.  Truth is not always easy for us on this side of heaven.  The truth often times makes me feel more inadequate and lonely...I much more like the lies that make me feel good.   But a part of the spiritual path is to encounter the truth, not only about God, but about ourselves.  
Questions:  Have you ever gotten caught in a lie?  How did your get out of it?  What is it about the truth that is often so horrendous to us that we work ourselves to death Mon - Friday only for the chance to avoid it for two days a week. 

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