Vs. 32, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” For those who walk in darkness, hearing the truth hurts. The other day, we were reminded how Jesus brings tests in our lives. When the Pharisee’s brought the woman caught in adultery, we are reminded the enemy also brings his own tests to us (vs. 1-11). Jesus masterfully handles it by posing a question regarding their own self-righteousness (vs. 7). Though Jesus is sharing how He is the light (vs. 12), those who heard were still following the light of the law. In Jesus’ response to His accusers, we see a beautiful picture of the relationship the Son has with the Father (vs. 12-30). Despite the evil intentions of some, notice how others were putting their faith in Jesus (vs. 30). This just reminds me how we must not grow discouraged by those who have no mind for the Lord. People cannot put their security in their families or the traditions of their lives (vs. 31-41). I find myself always surprised, yet encouraged by how Jesus does not pull any punches when it comes to saying what needs to be said (vs. 42-47). Even at the risk of death, Jesus stands His ground (vs. 48-59).
Regarding application…How’s Your Hearing? Vs. 47, “He who belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.” Yikes! In fact, Jesus calls them children of the devil (vs. 44). Yet, despite the fact that they heard what Jesus said, they really didn’t hear. Their spiritual ears were deaf. Question: How are your ears? I think we all could use some spiritual hearing aids to let the words of Christ cut deep into our souls. One of the dangers we can do to ourselves when reading Scripture is thinking that these particular events do not apply to us. If they didn’t apply to us, then we wouldn’t be reading about it. These have been hand selected by the Father in Heaven to ensure we are without excuse when it comes to knowing how to live this life. Part of communicating is listening/hearing. Let’s be people who are “doers” of God’s word! What road are you headed down? Jesus reminded us today, “Go now and leave your life of sin.” It doesn’t mean you won’t ever sin, but it does mean that you are going to make the effort to hear the voice of the Shepherd and turn from the road you are currently on. Follow His voice! Hear His voice!