12 Mar 2008
Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, â€˜If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.â€™ They answered him, â€˜We are descendants of Abraham and have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean by saying, â€œYou will be made freeâ€?â€™
Jesus answered them, â€˜Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not have a permanent place in the household; the son has a place there for ever. So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed. I know that you are descendants of Abraham; yet you look for an opportunity to kill me, because there is no place in you for my word. I declare what I have seen in the Fatherâ€™s presence; as for you, you should do what you have heard from the Father.â€™
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.