After telling the woman caught in adultery to go and leave her life of sin, Jesus spoke about Himself to those He had been teaching in the Temple. He told them plainly “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (Jn. 8:12).
Pharisees within the crowd challenged Jesus’ testimony. Although they judged only according to the flesh, Jesus assured them that what He said was true . Further Jesus’ testimony was validated by the testimony of the Father.
May we dedicate ourselves today to believing, and not doubt, that Jesus alone is our Messiah, the Savior of the World who died in our place.
They countered, “Where is your Father” (v.19)? Because they were judging according to the flesh Jesus told them they knew neither Him nor His Father. A bold statement telling religious leaders they did not know Yehovah, the LORD they claimed to serve. Perhaps we should take Jesus words to heart and consider how well we know the LORD.
Jesus continued telling them that He would soon go away and where He was going they could not come; He punctuated His words telling them that even though they would seek Him they would die in their sins. Their judgment continued to fail believing perhaps Jesus would kill Himself.
Can we see the truth of Jesus’s words here? He went on to tell them why they would die in their sins; they refused to believe “I am He” – literally in the Greek “I AM” who is the Messiah they were seeking. Talk about not being able to see the forest for the trees! Jesus stood before them, but by their judgment He was only a man, and even with all His miracles they refused to believe that He was in fact the LORD’S promised Messiah they longed to see come.
Finally, Jesus told them:
“When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own authority, but speak just as the Father taught me. And he who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to him.” (Jn. 8:28-29)
Jesus called Himself “the Son of Man.” This is a specific reference to His divinity as God’s promised Messiah. We often mistakenly think of this as a title of Jesus’ humanity, but the Jews correctly understood that the Son of Man was in fact God coming to His people as their Messiah (see – Daniel 7:13-14; Acts 7:56; Revelation 1:13; 14:14). Why would “the Son of Man” be lifted up to die? Because even in His death Jesus would always do what is pleasing to the Father (v. 29).
That day many believed in Jesus as their Messiah. May we too dedicate ourselves today to believing, and not doubt, that He alone is our Messiah, the Savior of the World who died in our place.
But let’s take one further step. Let’s dedicate ourselves to always doing those things that please the Father. In this way we show that our faith is not dead but active and alive (see – James 2:14-17, 26).
Holy Spirit, come and help us to live our lives like Jesus, always obedient to the Father bringing Him glory.