Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Oct 30: John 8

John 8

Today’s chapter is filled with arguments between Jesus and religious leaders:
  1. The religious leaders brought to Jesus a woman who was caught in the act of adultery. They were obviously setting a trap for him because they didn’t bring in the man they caught her with. But Jesus gives them a lesson on judgment when he says, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” Although the religious leaders carefully followed the rules of religion they still needed forgiveness just like the woman.
  2. Although some people believed that Jesus was sent by God, they couldn’t believe that they needed to be saved from sin. When the Jews -- who had believed him -- claimed that God was their father, Jesus told them they were children of the Devil. Jesus was hammering the truth that they needed to be saved from sin. But their pride didn’t allow any true self-reflection and they were insulted.
  3. They also argued about Jesus' identity. In verse 58 Jesus says, “before Abraham was born, I am!” This is a clear reference to the Old Testament, when God first met with Moses and called himself by the name ”I am” (see Exodus 3:13-14). Jesus claimed that he was God. This is further backed up by the Jews' reaction: “they picked up stones to stone him.”
Did Jesus say what you expected when he spoke to the woman caught in sexual sin? He had compassion for her! But he also gave her a command: “leave your life of sin.” Jesus is both compassionate and challenging. He doesn’t just save us from sin, he also asks us to follow him. The crowds of people in this book wanted to see Jesus perform a miracle or heal their ailment and the religious leaders want Jesus’ allegiance. What do you want from Jesus? What do you think Jesus wants from you?

-Written for Verve by Mike Zimmerman