A Blogged Bible Study entry on John 8:
Stepping into the blogosphere took me away from my isolated existence. Somehow, somewhere the thought came for me to blog. I asked my family what it meant and they got me started. I jumped in looking for places of interest to me, which led me down the path of religious blogs. I searched the dashboard for any good discussion. In time I found debate, heresy, lies, truth…so many ideas and so many philosophies and so many declarations. At first it was disheartening seeing the word of God not often declared.
That was my goal for blogging. I wanted to give scripture to anyone wanting to hear. I don’t desire to tear anyone down. I do want to lift up my Savior.
You see, I believe He is the Son of God.
“I am He who testifies about Myself, and the Father who sent Me testifies about Me…I do not have a demon, I honor My Father…it is My Father who glorifies Me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God'” (vs. 18, 49, 54).
I believe He has always existed with His Father, God.
“You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world…I proceeded forth and have come from God, for I have not even come on My own initiative, but He sent Me…” (vs. 23, 42)
“‘Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.’ So the Jews said to Him, ‘You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?’ Jesus said to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.” (vs. 56-58)
I believe He came to earth to set captives free.
“Jesus said to those Jews who had believed Him, ‘If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.’ They answered Him, ‘We are Abraham’s descendants and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, “You will become free”?’
Jesus answered them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever, the son does remain forever. So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.'” (vs. 31-36)
I believe He spoke truth, upheld the Law and the Prophets (the Tanakh), and is worthy of a listen.
“He who sent Me is true; and the things which I heard from Him, these I speak to the world…I do nothing on my own initiative, but I speak these things as the Father taught Me…I speak the truth…He who is of God hears the words of God.” (vs. 26, 28, 45, 47)
His Father is God, the God of the Jews, the God of the Tanakh (the Old Testament). Jesus spoke about His existence with the Father. When He made these claims the Jewish leaders understood what He was saying. No question remained and so they took up stones to throw at Him. You see, He had claimed to be the Great I AM (YHWH — Yahweh).
They felt He had blasphemed. Of course, He had not, because what He spoke was truth.
That’s really the point we all must come to…did He, or did He not, speak truth?
If He did not speak truth then it isn’t wrong to cast Him aside. Yet, to those who do not believe Him, He spoke some very hard words:
“If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I came from God and now am here. I have not come on My own; but He sent Me. Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot hear My word. You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me. Which one of you convicts Me of sin? If I speak truth, why do you not believe Me? He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God.”
He confronted the people He walked among with God’s truth. They had to make a decision and so do we.
Will we follow Him and listen to Him as He speaks His Father’s words?