30 While Jesus was saying these things, many people came to believe in him.
31 Jesus said to the Jews who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teaching. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:30-32)
“YOU WILL KNOW THE TRUTH, AND THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE.” Almost every college campus in the US has this phrase carved in stone on at least one building. Knowing the truth sounds good, right? Education is about knowing, so education, knowing stuff, will bring you to the truth, which will make you free, right?
That’s not exactly what Jesus is saying. In fact, I don’t think Jesus the more you know the more free you will be.
Read the scripture above again. According to Jesus, truth and freedom both depend on following Him. IF one follows Jesus, then one begins to know the truth, and then one can begin to become free.
It is good news that doing well in school is not what makes one free. Not everyone has the native intelligence, work habits, or learning style to do well in school. Thank you, Jesus, for saying I don’t have to do well in school!
It is also good news that pursuing some abstract concept like “truth” isn’t what gives one freedom. Searching for “truth” or “the truth” may sell books and movies, but still won’t provide freedom.
Rather, Jesus says, following Him, being faithful to his teachings, will lead us to both truth and freedom.
Follow Jesus and find truth. Keep following Jesus and find freedom.