You know the common view of Jesus? Kind, patient, meek, mild? That is true sometimes. But not in John 8. Jesus really puts it all on the table, and tells the Pharisees what he sees in their hearts.
Jesus just got done telling them that sin enslaves them. But if they will believe in Jesus, he will set them free.
The Pharisees are really put off by that, claiming to be descendants of Abraham, enslaved to no one! Jesus counters, saying if they were children of Abraham, they would do what Abraham did...and listen to God. So, Jesus brings into question who they really belong to.
John 8:42 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."
Now Jesus pulls out all the stops:
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.
Then Jesus asks a question of them (of his enemies) that no average person would normally be able to ask 46 Which of you can truthfully accuse me of sin?
Then Jesus finishes the logical progression of his message:
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.
You know how they reacted? They began calling him names! No kidding. They called him a Samaritan (a racist slur). And then said Jesus was possessed by a demon (a religious slur).
Jesus does not back down. He says a few things, then this: 51 I tell you the truth, anyone who obeys my teaching will never die!
They immediately retort: 53 Are you greater than our father Abraham? He died, and so did the prophets. Who do you think you are?
Here is how Jesus responds: 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?
Based on Jesus' answer below, what do you think he is saying about himself? Who is he saying that he is?58 Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, before Abraham was even born, I Am!"
Here is their reaction: 59 At that point they picked up stones to throw at him. But Jesus was hidden from them and left the Temple.
Remember the phrase, "I Am" is reserved for only God. So, once again, Jesus is clearly putting forth his identity.
Before Abraham was born, Jesus existed. Eternally. "I am."
Those who say that Jesus never claimed to be God, have never read the gospels!
Jesus is God Himself manifest in the flesh. He is the image of the invisible God.
First of all, we have to acknowledge that the Bible is the one and only truth. We can know it is truth by studying fulfilled prophecy and looking at historical facts. John 14:29 And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe. Prophecy helps us believe. And, while there are more than 25,000 archeological digs that prove the Bible is 100% accurate history, the Bible has never had an incorrect prophecy.
Any deviation from the pages of the Bible and you will corrupt and taint the truth and end up somewhere else. Religions like Islam and Judaism take the parts of the Bible that they like and discard the rest. Islamic doctrine says they believe in the whole Bible, but they choose the parts they like and say the parts they don't like are “corruption” in the Bible. Judaism, like Islam, doesn't believe Jesus was the Messiah and they are still waiting for him to arrive. Even Christianity is full of doctrinal deviations and have very wide extremes of beliefs.
The Catholic Church is one of the driving forces behind Interfaithism and is promoting the lie that all religions worship the same God. This is so not true! For example: Did you know that Allah was a pagan deity? In fact, he was the moon god who was married to the sun goddess and the stars were his daughters. The Muslims say that they are worshiping the God of Abraham, but this has been proven to be false. And, the Roman Catholic church says that you don’t really need to believe in Jesus Christ to be saved! (Article #841 of the Catechism says Muslims will be saved just like Christians, but Muslims do not believe in Jesus). This is a direct contradiction to the words of Jesus Christ Himself!
John 8:24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.
John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
We absolutely must believe that Jesus Christ is God manifest in the flesh as of the only begotten of the Father (John 1:14), was crucified for our sins and rose again. This is the gospel!
Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
There is no salvation in any other name but Jesus! Not Mohammed, not Buddha; no other name…
Why??? Because Jesus is not just a man or a prophet, He is the human body that the Almighty God manifested for Himself. Take a look at the following:
1 Tim 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
John 8:58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God; … 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, ... and his name shall be called ... The mighty God, The everlasting Father
Matt 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
Jesus said; Rev 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. … 18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
John 14:9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?
Jesus said; John 10:30 I and my Father are one.
A child will be born (Jesus) and he will be called “the mighty God”, “the everlasting Father”, “God with us”. God was manifest in the flesh (Jesus). The Word was God and became flesh (Jesus). Who lives and was dead? Jesus. Jesus said, “Before Abraham was, I am.” Now there’s a powerful statement! Jesus is God! He that has seen Jesus, has seen the Father. Jesus said, “I and my Father are one.”
There are also many places where context shows us the same thing, by referring to Jesus and God in the same context. IE:
Luke 8:39 Return to thine own house, and shew how great things God hath done unto thee. And he went his way, and published throughout the whole city how great things Jesus had done unto him.
Jesus said; John 4:24 God is a Spirit...
And Jesus is the body where God dwells:
Col 2:9 For in him (Jesus) dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
He is the image of the invisible God.
2 Corinthians 4:4 … Christ, who is the image of God
Hebrews 1:3 (Jesus is) ... the express image of his (God's) person
Colossians 1:15 (Jesus) Who is the image of the invisible God
John 14:10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
God is Jesus, and Jesus is God. The Father is the Holy Spirit which dwells within Jesus. Jesus is the human body God created for Himself! For an in-depth study on this, Click Here
Only God can forgive sin, and Jesus did just that.
Luke 5:20 And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee. 21 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?
And, Jesus said He is God!
Luke 4:12 And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
Jesus IS God! That means that God Himself came to the earth as a man to die for us and save our souls so He could walk among us and live among those who love Him, forever!
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