In today’s Gospel reading from John 8, we hear Jesus tell the Jews who believed in Him, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” That statement is always true. Lies and falsehood and deception keep us imprisoned. The truth does, indeed, set us free. This statement plays into our first reading from Daniel 3.
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego would not worship the golden statue that King Nebuchadnezzar had decreed all must worship. For this, the king had them thrown into a fiery furnace. The three men willingly walked in and miraculously walked out as well. The king repented and blessed God.
So what about Jesus' words about the truth? Well, the three men knew this truth: God was either going to save them from the fiery furnace or he wasn’t. The thing is that they were okay with either result. Because they knew they were doing right by God, and he would do right by them – whatever that meant in God’s eyes. Sometimes we’re called to walk into the fire, aren’t we? Do we walk in with faith and confidence? In truth? When we do, no matter the result, we will be truly free.
Father, help us to always seek the Truth, even on our way into the fire, that we may be truly free. Amen.
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