“If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free … So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” – John 8:31-32, 36 Our pastor preached from this section from John 8 (vs. 31-38) this morning as we continued our study through this rich Gospel. In this passage, the Jews to whom Jesus spoke struggled to understand the freedom that he brought. As Gerald illustrated the essence of what it means to know and experience true freedom in Christ so well, two prevailing thoughts seemed to control my mind.
Today marks a one year anniversary that will haunt certain folks in our county for years to come. It marks the day that a string of tornadoes struck portions of central North Carolina, leaving destroyed homes and devastated families in their wake. One such twister struck the north end of our county, leaving many homes ravaged and torn apart. For Bob and Cheryl Torrence, a couple in our church, that day filled their lives with horror and loss. Upon hearing the freight train sound that always seems to accompany the reality of an approaching tornado, they rushed to a spare bed room in the basement of their house and barricaded themselves under a mattress as the chaos ensued. When the peace returned, they emerged free from injury but finding their home in pieces. Now, how would you handle that? It would be a great test to our faith to find out, I’m sure. Bob and Cheryl have often spoken about how this event