John 8: 31-36 … “if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
A great Christmas verse is where we’re told they were to call His name Jesus because “He would save His people from their sins.” Many of us seem to apply that verse this way; “He would forgive His people for their sins.” A great Christmas word is Salvation. This word literally means “deliverance.” Jesus came to set us free from our sins. That’s why He could never pass up a person who was not free without setting them free.
An anonymous poet wrote “A famished bear, whose foot was clenched within a murderous trap wrenched about in fright and pain, around the tree that held the chain emitting many a hideous howl. His state was noticed by an owl that perched above him fat and free, philosophized from out of the tree, ‘To what avail this fuss and noise? The thing you need good bear is poise!'”
The poet was making a statement. There are two kinds of people in this world – those who are free and those who are not free. He’s also telling us that those who are free frequently look down with detached apathy on those who are not free. Our great Christmas verse announced that Jesus was no fat owl.