Turn It Over and Be Set Free

by Ned Fitch

Crown of Thorns

If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.”
— John 8:31

In the Gospel passage which precedes the lesson for today, we hear Jesus tell his disciples that he has turned his will and his life over to the care of God the Father. And then he tells us that if we follow suit, and turn our lives over to him, we will know the truth, and this truth will set us free. This freedom is also seen in our reading from Daniel, in which Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego are thrown into a fiery furnace, all because they refused to worship the king’s statue. Their belief in God, which prompted the refusal to worship an idol of the king, set them free from the flames of a fierce fire. They were saved; they were set free.

If we turn our will and lives over to the care of God, we too shall be set free; free from the sting of sin and death. Turning our lives over to God frees us from our burdensome fears and needless worry. If we remain with Jesus and believe in him, we will be set free.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Daniel 3:14-20,24-28
Canticle 13
John 8:31-42