“Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin” (John 8:34).
Imagine preaching the gospel to a man who has never had any religious knowledge, telling him that he needs to receive the message of the gospel if he must be free. Such a person would most likely ask: “free from what? Why do I need to believe that somebody died for me? How does that affect me? What freedom can someone’s death possibly bring me?”
Interestingly, many Christians do not have the answer to these questions. Understanding our need for salvation is crucial to our appreciating it. When Jesus said “you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free,” the Jews replied, “we were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, ye shall be free?”(John 8:31-34, paraphrase mine).
Jesus’ response was profound. He said, “…whosoever committed sin is servant of sin” (John 8:34). Why is there so much wickedness around the world? From child rape, to terrorism, murder and even supposedly simpler things like fraud, lies and all. God did not create us that way. The fall of Adam has changed our bodies and has caused man to be drawn irresistibly to sin. From this, we must be free, and Jesus is the answer.
With this new understanding, explain to an unsaved person his need for salvation today.