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Archive for May 14th, 2009

John 8

 

In John 1, John refers to Jesus as being ‘full of grace and truth’.  Here in chapter 8, I think we see a perfect example of John’s claim.  Beginning with the end of chapter 7, John records, ‘Then each went to his own home.’  Beginning in chapter 8, ‘But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.  At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them’.

 

‘The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery.’  After being with the Father for most if not all of the night, Jesus comes humbly with grace and truth.  The Pharisees, after each went to his own home, comes arrogantly with accusations and lies. 

 

Fine; Jesus stops and takes time to deal with it and then turns His attention back to the people.  “When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, ‘I am the light of the world…’”  No sooner had those words come out of His mouth that once again, ‘The Pharisees challenged him…’ 

 

Once again, Jesus stops and takes the time to deal with it.  But this time, Jesus is a little firmer with them.  As He has been with the Father it is clear to Him that they have not and tells them that they do not know the Father.  If they really knew the Father, they would know that Jesus was from Him.

 

So He makes His point and again turns His attention back to teaching; “To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, ‘If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.  Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free’”.  And yep, once again they interrupt Him.  And yep, once again, Jesus stops to deal with it, but this time He is even more direct.

 

‘You belong to your father, the devil.  He who belongs to God, hears what God says.  The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.’  

 

It is interesting to me, that Jesus, after being with His Father, came to the temple full of grace and truth to teach, while the Pharisees, after being with their father, came full of accusations and lies to disrupt.  I am challenged, as everyone else goes to his own home, to go to the Mount that I might hear from and see God, and that as I do, I would be able to come away from that encounter, as Jesus did, full of grace and truth.

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