Daily Word

The Father | John 8:21-30 (ESV)

21 So he said to them again, “I am going away, and you will seek me, and you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come.” 22 So the Jews said, “Will he kill himself, since he says, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come’?” 23 He said to them, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. 24 I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.”

25 So they said to him, “Who are you?” Jesus said to them, “Just what I have been telling you from the beginning. 26 I have much to say about you and much to judge, but he who sent me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from him.” 27 They did not understand that he had been speaking to them about the Father.

28 So Jesus said to 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. 29 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.” 30 As he was saying these things, many believed in him.

John 8:21-30  (ESV)

Die in sin

Jesus repeats that they cannot go where he is going. He adds the fact that they will die from their sins. They still did not understand that Jesus was talking about Heaven. If they do not believe Jesus is God (I am), they will die physically, as all people, but worse, because of their sin, they will be separated from God for eternity in hell (implied). Seems hopeless. 

Of this world

But God is a God of hope! Jesus tells them that they are of this world, but he is not. They are from below (earthly) but He is from above (Heavenly). It is true that he is fully man and was born in this world. At the same time, Jesus is God become flesh, man (Phil 2:5-11). His purpose is to show distinction from them, that they, being sinful, cannot go where He is from, Heaven, unless they believe in Him.

The Father

Let’s now invest time looking at “the Father” in verses 27 and 28. In verse 27, John’s explanatory note refers to “the Father” as if he truly believes in and personally knows the Father, and his readers do as well. Pause and meditate on this. Read these verses again. In the following verse, Jesus does the same, referring to God as “the Father”. This Father sent him, is with him and will not leave him alone. Jesus always does what pleases the Father.

<- Reflection ->
  • How well do you know the Father? We need to seek to know him as Jesus does, and as John did. Very intimately. How? As with any other relationship: spend time with Him – in His Word and prayer and with his church.
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