Daniel 3:14-20,24-25,28; Daniel 3:52-56; John 8:31-42
YOU WILL LEARN THE TRUTH, AND THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE
Refusal to learn the truth is the worst act of slavery, because one has chosen to remain in ignorance when there is a way out through knowledge.
1~ During the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, so many Jews were killed because of their faith. Most of them chose to die because, “Faith is dead to doubt, dumb to discouragement, and blind to impossibilities.” The Defender. Killing the Jews then was a routine and daily events, until we saw the three young people today.
2~ When Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were summoned by the same king, he got one of the most eternal words that will remain truthful, “if our God, the one we serve, is able to save us from the burning fiery furnace and from your power, O king, he will save us; and even if he does not, then you must know, O king, that we will not serve your god or worship the statue you have erected.”(Cf Daniel 3:16-18)
3~ Through this response they showed that faith is an assurance of what one hope’s for, believing without seeing, (cf Hebrews 11:1). They would have been consumed by the fire, but God chose an alternative to save them. The truth they learnt had finally set them free and the rest of others who were on the death row.
4~ It is the same truth that Jesus was telling the Pharisees today and invariably to us, that once one comes in contact with this truth, freedom is the end result. To choose to live in sin is to choose to remain in slavery. It is a pity that many people in the world have chosen the path of slavery instead of that of truth.
5~ Dear friend, too many people are suffering from ignorance in the world, because some of them have not been taught, while some have refused to be taught or have chosen not put into practice what they have learnt. May God teach us the truth so that we will be set free by the truth that is Christ. Amen
*Some were born to be free, they chose slavery; some through knowledge set themselves free; some have slavery thrown upon them by their environment; but the greatest is the one who saw knowledge, embraced it and got freedom. Christ is the way out of slavery.*
May our paths today lead us to the way of truth!
Fr. Joseph Chukwugozie Ikegbunam
Holy Angel’s Parish and St Mary’s Parish, St Albans, Vermont