Wednesday 17 August 2022

John 8:21-30

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. Jesus 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.

There are times when my relationship with God is clear, logical and makes complete sense. However, there are also times when my heart cries out ‘God where are you?’, ‘what are you doing?’ ‘Are you really in control?’. It is simply not possible that I will always understand the ways of God. Having questions or not understanding what God is doing doesn’t make me a bad Christian. Here in John 8 even the people who spent every day with Jesus, who met him, heard his words struggled with understanding who He was and what he was doing.

While this struggle might be real, Romans 10:17 says ‘faith comes by hearing’. Although the people listening did not fully understand, when they heard Jesus’s words, faith grew inside them and they believed. There is power in hearing the words of Jesus, power that can cut through my belief and my unbelief, just as it did for the people in this passage. I need that power in my life, the power of the Holy Spirit that can bring faith, and belief and enlightenment. How about you?

Jesus, I give you my doubts, my weakness and fears and ask that you would fill my heart with faith. I pray Lord that you would help me to stay true to your call on my life. In your mighty name I pray. Amen

Written by Christine Knight

2 replies
  1. Richard says:

    Great thoughts Christine

    Jesus claim to the statement “I Am” has such rich meaning among Jews but is one we may well overlook if we do not have a Jewish heritage. It is a statement of God, one that would in every way be blasphemy if it were not true.

    It makes the point that Jesus was not from here, He was sent here. There are times I do not recognise the divinity of Jesus sufficiently with a greater emphasis on His humanity. I must keep this balance of Jesus being wholly divine and human, not bits of both. Why, because His humanity makes Him followable, and His divinity makes Him able to achieve all He set out to do.

    Father, help me embrace Jesus in His totality and be in awe of His greatness!

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