I find it interesting that the Hollywood culture (one that regularly runs away from anything Biblical) will sometimes use lines that are right from the Bible and they don’t even know it. One of my favorite Jim Carey movies is Liar, Liar. If you have never seen it, he is a lawyer that is great at telling lies. His son wishes he can’t tell a lie and for 24 hours he is physically incapable of lying. In a court room scene, in the over acting ability of Jim Carey, he quotes Jesus, “and the truth shall set you free”. Of course there’s no actual reference to Jesus and it’s used as more of a cliche, but the fact is, this quote is direct from Jesus and is key to His gospel.
Jesus sums up a major point of His entire ministry in two sentences, ‘Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”’ John 14:6-7. Look at what He says here…
- He is the Truth
- He is the ONLY path to the Father
- Knowing Him IS knowing the Father (they are one)
In v.7 He said ‘if you had known me’ and He says this speaking to people who obviously know who He is. But the “know” that Jesus is speaking of is not just knowledge but much more personal.
The quote that Jim Carey used is only the 2nd part of Jesus’ quote from John 8:32 “and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Taking Jesus’ words from both quotes and summarizing them together you would get the following…
And you will know me and I will set you free.
Again, this kind of “know” is a personal knowledge of Him. When we ‘know’ Him, we are set free. Paul explains this well in Romans 8:1-4 “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”
There it is, we are free from ‘the law of sin and death’. In coming, living and dying for us, Christ has freed us from the result of sin… death. Adam and Eve where sentenced to death for their sin. This spiritual death sentence followed to all of their offspring (which included you and I). Then God offered a Law through Moses that pointed to the perfection required to avoid the sentence. When His people were too literal and missed the point, He sent Jesus to spell it out for us and then pay the price for us. His physical death on the cross fulfilled our spiritual death sentence. As a result, when we know Him, we are set free.
Don’t just know about Jesus, really know Him and you too will be free.