Last night, for no apparent reason, I recalled something from the past. Almost twenty years ago, I lightly and foolishly wasted my time through moderate involvement in practical politics. One morning, I attended a “prayer breakfast” with a local GOP-type group. I can’t recall any prayers. However, over breakfast, a discussion unfolded with many or most attendees attempting to contribute something. When my turn came, I had something unusual though (I thought) interesting to say. I told the little group about a brief dream I’d just had the night before or that very morning. It didn’t involve a scene or a happening. Rather, it was just a quote: “Jesus frees all slaves.”
My dream not involving piling more money upon the ultra-wealthy nor bombs upon brown heads in foreign lands, it was of little importance to the smug, round regulars. At the time, I vaguely justified it with a general connection to Scripture, lacking an exact verse of reference. I let it go, being happy to escape to work that day, and I forgot about it until now.
There is, of course, no exact recitation of my four words in the Bible. But the spirit is there, plain as day, in Jesus’s discourse with the Pharisees in the Book of John, Chapter Eight:
Jesus replied: In all truth, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave. Now a slave has no permanent standing in the household, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will indeed be free. John 8: 34-36.
The meaning is further driven home elsewhere in Romans, etc.
This particular passage comes amidst Christ’s reproachful discussion of those Jews doing as Abraham as opposed to merely being of Abraham. He then told them of their divergent parentage. For His trouble, they prepared to stone Him, as He knew and predicted they would. And, there’s the takeaway and interpretation – He knows; we do not; trust, and be free.