I AM

John 8 I AM everythingJohn – God Speaks!
 
This can be a tough, seemingly redundant passage, but Jesus has a tough crowd of unbelievers to address. This chapter began with a woman brought out into the streets to be stoned for her sin of adultery. At the end of this discourse Jesus is threatened to be stoned for his claim to be the Son of God.
 
John 8, New Living Translation
The Unbelieving People Warned
21 Later Jesus said to them again, “I am going away. You will search for me but will die in your sin. You cannot come where I am going.”
 
22 The people asked, “Is he planning to commit suicide? What does he mean, ‘You cannot come where I am going’?”
 
23 Jesus continued, “You are from below; I am from above. You belong to this world; I do not. 24 That is why I said that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am who I claim to be, you will die in your sins.”
 
25 “Who are you?” they demanded.
 
John 8 died for our sinsJesus replied, “The one I have always claimed to be. 26 I have much to say about you and much to condemn, but I won’t. For I say only what I have heard from the one who sent me, and he is completely truthful.” 27 But they still didn’t understand that he was talking about his Father.
 
28 So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man on the cross, then you will understand that I am he. I do nothing on my own but say only what the Father taught me. 29 And the one who sent me is with me—he has not deserted me. For I always do what pleases him.” 30 Then many who heard him say these things believed in him.
 
Jesus and Abraham
john-8-36.jpg31 Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. 32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
 
33 “But we are descendants of Abraham,” they said. “We have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean, ‘You will be set free’?”
 
34 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin. 35 A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son is part of the family forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free. 37 Yes, I realize that you are descendants of Abraham. And yet some of you are trying to kill me because there’s no room in your hearts for my message. 38 I am telling you what I saw when I was with my Father. But you are following the advice of your father.”
 
39 “Our father is Abraham!” they declared.
 
“No,” Jesus replied, “for if you were really the children of Abraham, you would follow his example. 40 Instead, you are trying to kill me because I told you the truth, which I heard from God. Abraham never did such a thing. 41 No, you are imitating your real father.”
 
They replied, “We aren’t illegitimate children! God himself is our true Father.”
 
42 Jesus told them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, because I have come to you from God. I am not here on my own, but he sent me. 43 Why can’t you understand what I am saying? It’s because you can’t even hear me! 44 For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies. 45 So when I tell the truth, you just naturally don’t believe me! 46 Which of you can truthfully accuse me of sin? And since I am telling you the truth, why don’t you believe me? 47 Anyone who belongs to God listens gladly to the words of God. But you don’t listen because you don’t belong to God.”
 
48 The people retorted, “You Samaritan devil! Didn’t we say all along that you were possessed by a demon?”
 
49 “No,” Jesus said, “I have no demon in me. For I honor my Father—and you dishonor me. 50 And though I have no wish to glorify myself, God is going to glorify me. He is the true judge. 51 I tell you the truth, anyone who obeys my teaching will never die!”
 
52 The people said, “Now we know you are possessed by a demon. Even Abraham and the prophets died, but you say, ‘Anyone who obeys my teaching will never die!’ 53 Are you greater than our father Abraham? He died, and so did the prophets. Who do you think you are?”
 
john 8 before54 Jesus answered, “If I want glory for myself, it doesn’t count. But it is my Father who will glorify me. You say, ‘He is our God,’ 55 but you don’t even know him. I know him. If I said otherwise, I would be as great a liar as you! But I do know him and obey him. 56 Your father Abraham rejoiced as he looked forward to my coming. He saw it and was glad.”
 
57 The people said, “You aren’t even fifty years old. How can you say you have seen Abraham?”
 
58 Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, before Abraham was even born, I am! 59 At that point they picked up stones to throw at him. But Jesus was hidden from them and left the Temple.
 
John 5 point to JesusWHAT DO WE LEARN FROM JESUS?
 
“You are from below; I am from above. You belong to this world; I do not. 24 That is why I said that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am who I claim to be, you will die in your sins.”
 
“I say only what I have heard from the one who sent me, and he is completely truthful.”
 
“I do nothing on my own but say only what the Father taught me.”
 
“And the one who sent me is with me—he has not deserted me. For I always do what pleases him.”
 
“You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. 32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
 
“I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin. 35 A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son is part of the family forever.”
 
“If God were your Father, you would love me, because I have come to you from God. I am not here on my own, but he sent me.”
 
Jesus tells us who the devil, the fallen angel is in very clear language. “He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.”
 
“You say, ‘He is our God,’ 55 but you don’t even know him. I know him.”
 
“I tell you the truth, before Abraham was even born, I am!”
 
John 8 I AMHis statement found in John 8:58 can be translated, “Before Abraham came into being, I Am.” Again, this was another affirmation of His divine sonship, and the Jewish leaders received it as such. He had once again made Himself equal with God (John 5:18), and this was the sin of blasphemy, worthy of death (Lev. 24:16). Jesus was divinely protected and simply walked away. His hour had not yet come. We cannot help but admire His courage as He presented the truth and invited blind religious men to trust Him and be set free.
 
The most difficult people to win to the Savior are those who do not realize that they have a need. They are under the condemnation of God, yet they trust their religion to save them. They are walking in the darkness and not following the light of life. They are sharing a “living death” because of their bondage to sin, and, in spite of their religious deeds, they are dishonoring the Father and the Son. These are the people who crucified Jesus Christ, and Jesus called them the children of the devil.
 
Whose child are you? Is God your Father because you have received Jesus Christ into your life (John 1:12–13)? Or is Satan your father because you are depending on a counterfeit righteousness, a “works righteousness,” not the righteousness that comes through faith in Jesus Christ?
 
If God is your Father, then heaven is your home. If He is not your Father, then hell is your destiny.
 
John 8 the great I amIt is truly a matter of life or death!
 
Dear Heavenly Father,
You are God and we are not. You created us. You know all there is to know about us. There is nothing hidden from you. And yet, while we were yet sinners, Christ, Your Son, died for our sins. Jesus, You took our place for the punishment we well deserve. Your love for us is more than we can imagine. But you do love us. Your only desire is for us to love you back and to love each other the way you love us. I say yes! I love you with all my heart, mind and soul. I love all who love me but I also love those who do not and pray that they will believe in you before it is too late.
In Jesus Name, Amen

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Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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