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Day Fourteen
To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are
really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of
anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?” Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell
you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the
family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free
indeed. John 8:31-36
In the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, VA, there’s a special display for a rickety,
homemade aluminum kayak. This tiny, makeshift boat seems oddly out of place in the
midst of displays for impressive Navy vessels and artifacts from significant battles on
the sea. But a bronze plaque tells museum visitors the story behind this kayak’s heroic
makers. In 1966, an auto mechanic named Laureano and his wife, Consuelo decided
that they could no longer live under the oppression of Cuba’s totalitarian regime. After
spending months collecting scrap metal, they pieced together a boat just barely big
enough for two small people. Then Laureano jury-rigged a small lawnmower engine on
the back of the kayak. After months of planning and on a moonless night, they set out
into the treacherous straits of Florida with only their swimsuits on. They had enough
food and water for two days. After 70 hours, the U.S. Coast Guard rescued the couple
just south of the Florida Keys. Was it worth the risk? Laureano said, “When one has
grown up in liberty, you realize how important it is to have freedom.”
Is truth worth the risk? If you are willing to take the risk to follow Jesus, you must know the
truth, and the truth will set you free. What is the truth that will set you free? Sin. Jesus
says, “everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the
family, but a son belongs to it forever.” God redeemed you from a life of sin to a life of
freedom through the grace of Jesus. We are no longer slaves, but sons and daughters of
the living God.
Praise God for the truth of Jesus. Praise God for the truth that sets you free. Praise God
for this new freedom. Praise God for “the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”