Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, â€œIf 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€œWe are descendants of Abraham and have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean by saying, â€˜You will be made freeâ€™?â€
Â Jesus answered them, â€œVery 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 forever. 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€
Â They answered him, â€œAbraham is our father.â€ Jesus said to them, â€œIf you were Abrahamâ€™s children, you would be doing what Abraham did, but now you are trying to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. This is not what Abraham did. You are indeed doing what your father does.â€ They said to him, â€œWe are not illegitimate children; we have one father, God himself.â€ Jesus said to them, â€œIf God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and now I am here. I did not come on my own, but he sent me.
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.