At one point in this satirical tale set in war-torn Germany, Jojo’s mother embarrasses him by jumping on a wall and dancing. She has of course no right to do this, partly because she is with her son who would rather she just behave properly in public, and mostly because they are losing the war and life is very precarious indeed. But she tells Jojo that people dance because they are free. Her dancing expresses her view on life. Even in dire circumstances she has hope. Later Jojo will be found dancing too. It seems that for his mother freedom is not so much about the tyranny of the situation she finds herself in, but her approach to life. Her worldview. And she is concerned to pass that on, not only to Jojo but to others too. At risk to her own safety and wellbeing. Jesus spoke of the truth that can set us free, and he was living in a time of oppression too. His friends were desperate to rid themselves of the chokehold the Romans had over them, but for Jesus freedom was about something else. Having spoken of the freedom truth could bring he then described himself as being the truth. He was hoping his friends would join the dots and make the connection. Jesus lived free, able to respond to situations and people with open hands. And like Jojo’s mum, he was willing to risk everything to bring this freedom to others.
I regularly post creative pieces which help folks connect with the Bible in a contemporary and down-to-earth way. Please feel free to make use of them if they inspire you. I also post daily short thoughts on Twitter and have produced a variety of books, most of which draw on the Bible.