We must enjoy the freedom we have, for many others do not live in a good country like we do.
These verses bring us good news. Our Lord reveals the truth that sets us free from sin.
Jesus’ comment in verses 31-32 has promise. He speaks to people who had already expressed belief in him: “If you continue in my word, [then] you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” These are important words, for when we read on, Jesus talks about slaves and sons, and the places they hold in the house. We can understand these words of Jesus in this way: we are free to be obedient children.
Jesus is also speaking about a covenant in the household, which was a legal agreement in which the master promised protection because the participants met certain obligations. As Lutherans, we understand covenant as God’s continuing mercy given in Word and Sacrament.
Covenant: Our mission is to serve with obedience and care for all. Wow!
Gracious Lord, we pray for the day when all Christians will be one at the Lord's table, for it is the Lord's table, not ours. Amen. — DMF