In the Gospel of John, Jesus emphasizes his own divine nature, and the book features a number of his "I Am" statements. Join with us as we venture through one section of this glorious gospel.
Read John 8:39-47
"Abraham is our father," they answered.
"If you were Abraham's children," said Jesus, "then you would do what Abraham did. As it is, you are looking for a way to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. Abraham did not do such things. You are doing the works of your own father."
"We are not illegitimate children," they protested. "The only Father we have is God himself."
Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come here from God. I have not come on my own; God sent me. Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me! Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don't you believe me? Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God."
Jesus makes a very harsh statement to these particular children of Abraham. He says that they are actually children of the devil, who is a murderer and liar. This passage ties back to yesterday's, which spoke of those who followed only the law as being slaves to sin. How do you think Jesus might have been so sure that this group was among those who "do not belong to God"?
Consider one of Jesus' statements here: "Whoever belongs to God hears what God says." How clearly do you think you hear God? Ask him today to give you ears to hear him and the courage to obey him.