John 8:48-58  Jesus said “ Before Abraham was, ‘I AM’ ”

GIVE GOD TIME

Prayer and Praise

Jesus said, “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” Matthew 26:40, so we start our journey of giving God time to work in us, by praying along with this hymn…  “The Lord’s Prayer” sung by Cliff Richard, with choir … 

A WORD IN YOUR EAR

John 8:48-58  Jesus said “ Before Abraham was, ‘I AM’ ”

48 The Judeans answered him, “Aren’t we right in saying you are from Shomron (Samaria) and have a demon?” 

48. Jesus said that the unforgivable sin was blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 12:32). Now what we have here is the religious leaders asking their Creator, if He was a demon-possessed Samaritan. (They hated Samaritans so much they would take an extra-long way around Samaria, as they were seen as offspring of Jews who married Gentiles. This was why even the twelve disciples were surprised when they saw Jesus talking to a Samaritan woman. That evangelism led to her faith.)

49 Yeshua replied, “Me? I have no demon. I am honoring my Father. But you dishonor me”. 

49. This time they really had gone too far. Let us remember exactly who Yeshua the Messiah really is. He had humbled Himself to come down to earth to save us, and in the process, put up with extreme personal abuse. Here they were dishonoring the creator of all. All Jesus said in response to being asked if He was a demon-possessed Samaritan was, “Me?” (Literal Hebrew). This was the coolest of all responses possible under the circumstances. Jesus continued that whilst He was honouring the Father, they dishonoured Him. 

50 “I am not seeking praise for myself. There is One who is seeking it, and he is the judge”. 

50. God the Father wants due recognition to be given to Jesus by His creation – ie ‘Praise’. It is not Jesus who seeks it for Himself. (Most people who  Jesus healed were told to keep quiet about it.)

51 “Yes, indeed! I tell you that whoever obeys my teaching will never see death.”

51. Obeying Jesus leads to having eternal life. 

52 “The Judeans said to him, “Now we know for sure that you have a demon! Avraham died, and so did the prophets; yet you say, ‘Whoever obeys my teaching will never taste death.’ 

53 Avraham avinu (our father Abraham) died; you aren’t greater than he, are you? And the prophets also died. Who do you think you are?” 

52-53. There’s a famous saying… ‘When you’re in a hole, stop digging’. Now the religious leaders turn their initial nasty question created for effect, to start an argument, into a blatant blasphemous statement. Their excuse is that Jesus offered life to those who obeyed Him. They said, ‘Abraham died, but you claim to be able to stop people dying if they obey you, so you are claiming to be greater than Abraham – so you are demon-possessed. Who do you think you are?

Given that Jesus said He only said and did what the Father told Him to say and do, and which Jesus submitted to, filled with the Holy Spirit, and now these religious leaders are now saying that all that is being done by demon-possession, they really are blaspheming. (See also Mark 3:29 & Luke 12:10 for more on blasphemy.) 

54 Yeshua answered, “If I praise myself, my praise counts for nothing. The One who is praising me is my Father, the very one about whom you keep saying, ‘He is our God.’ 

54. The fact that Jesus even graced them with an answer was more than they deserved, saying in effect that ‘the One who you claim is your Father, is the very One who is praising Me’.

55 “Now you have not known him, but I do know him; indeed, if I were to say that I don’t know him, I would be a liar like you! But I do know him, and I obey his word. 

55. Obedience is what God wants. 

56 “Avraham, (Abraham), your father, was glad that he would see my day; then he saw it and was overjoyed.”

56. Abraham was still ALIVE! He rejoiced when he saw the time for Jesus had arrived.

57 “Why, you’re not yet fifty years old,” the Judeans replied, “and you have seen Avraham?” 

57. They understood the words but did not believe them.

58 Yeshua said to them, “Yes, indeed! Before Avraham came into being, I AM!” 

58. Jesus was saying He was from eternity.

59 At this, they picked up stones to throw at him; but Yeshua was hidden and left the Temple grounds.

59. That was enough for a stoning. They understood exactly what Jesus was saying.

  • Memory Verse…

Who is Jesus? John 8:48-58 Jesus said “ Before Abraham was, ‘I AM’ ”

  • Today’s Challenge

Jesus did admit who He was, for any with ears to hear. Do you ACT on the words of Jesus – whatever He says?

Prayer and Worship

“… He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23. 

Jesus taught His disciples what we call ‘The Lord’s Prayer’; (Luke 11).

Listen here to Albert Malotte’s ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, 

Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread. 

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever;- Amen.

Prayer suggestions;-

  1. The world. (ie ‘For those in authority.’)
  2. The ‘suffering church.’ https://barnabasfund.org/nz/pray/daily-prayer/#previous-dates
  3. Your own situation. (Suggest ‘needs’ rather than ‘wants’.)

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