Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Truth Will Make You Free

Again Jesus said to them, “I am going away, and you will search for me, but you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come.” Then the Jews said, “Is he going to kill himself? Is that what he means by saying, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come’?” He said to them, “You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world. I told you that you would die in your sins, for you will die in your sins unless you believe that I am he.” They said to him, “Who are you?” Jesus said to them, “Why do I speak to you at all? I have much to say about you and much to condemn; but the one who sent me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from him.” They did not understand that he was speaking to them about the Father. So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own, but I speak these things as the Father instructed me. And the one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what is pleasing to him.” As he was saying these things, many believed in him.
Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” John 8:21-32

The Truth Will Make You Free

We build cages to hide our brokenness
put others in prison since we fear them
construct walls around cities and borders
helping all avoid encountering out truth.

We are shattered people in great need
yet we slouch coolly into arrogance
we wrap attitude around our frames
pretending we are better than others.

There is no shame in need or failure
love regards no one as unworthy
the truth of our nature is dependence
we pretend to be completely otherwise.

Speaking the truth first comes as a whisper
but it will echo and resonate through hills
spilling it's song onto the ocean's shores
becoming a song for all the ages to sing.

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