They answered Him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest Thou, ye shall be made free?
Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.
And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.
If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
The people to whom Jesus spoke did not seem to. understand Him. They objected to His statement that they needed to be freed from anything. “We are the descendants of Abraham! We’ve never been slaves to anyone!” they insisted. But their statement wasn’t accurate at all. They had been in bondage under Egypt and the Philistines; under Babylon, Persia, Syria, and, even as they spoke, they were controlled by Rome.
Why would they make such a statement? The Jews had always clung to God’s promise that some day their nation would rule the world. There were always revolts and uprisings against whatever authority held them captive. They claimed their only ruler to be God Himself. Yet they had been under bondage many times in their history, under many other rulers.
J.C. Ryle, a19th century Anglican bishop, said: “The power of self-deception in the unconverted man is infinite.” We are certainly very good at seeing ourselves in a much more generous light than is actually true!
Jesus response was simple: If you continually commit sin, then you are a servant, a slave, to that sin. You are in bondage to it (my own paraphrase). To what sin were the religious leaders in. bondage? What controlled them? I think there was far more than one, but the primary thing to me is their pride and self-righteousness.
All of us can identify with that sin!
Then Jesus explains that no servant lives forever, but the Son lives forever; and, if we abide in Him and follow His Word, we, too, can live forever and be forever free of sin.
The most important thing for me, when I enter heaven, will be to see Jesus. Second, to know complete freedom from sin. No more temptation, no more struggle to choose right over what my flesh may desire. To live in eternal righteousness always, to worship the One Who set me free.
I can hardly wait!