I am the way, the truth and the life. No-one comes to the Father, except by me. (John 14: 6)
There are some passages of scripture that can be said to be universally familiar and this one is among them. It has been used many times in sermons and bible studies over the years.
Throughout the gospel of John there are many challenges made by Jesus to the people who heard him to believe who he was, and this is one of those. There can’t be many Christians who haven’t come across this scripture many times, but even with familiar passages, there can always be a new level of understanding.
When you compare this very familiar passage with a quote from John 8, it brings a new way of looking at it.
You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free
(John 8: 32)
Jesus said that he is the truth and if the truth sets us free, then Jesus is the one who sets us free.
Whatever we struggle with: our past mistakes; things that have been done to us; habitual sins we have battled for years; mind-sets that contradict what God says about us and keep us in bondage… the list goes on… whatever has you trapped, can be loosed by Jesus if we cry out to Him to set us free.
Although we can’t free ourselves, Jesus can do whatever we are not able to do with any amount of effort on our part. Only he can do it and he died to make it possible.
This truth is echoed in other scriptures:
Whom the Son sets free will be free indeed
(John 8: 36)
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me… He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners… and to release the oppressed”
(Taken from Luke 4:18)
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.
(Galatians 5: 1)
Trusting ourselves Jesus opens the door for Him to do in us what we can’t do ourselves.
Jesus died to set us free