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JESUS IDENTIFIES HIMSELF

 


John 8:

12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

13 The Pharisees therefore said unto Him, Thou bearest record of Thyself; Thy record is not true.

14 Jesus answered and said unto them, Though I bear record of Myself, yet My record is true: for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go.

15 Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man.

16 And yet if I judge, My judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent Me.

17 It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true.

18 I am one that bear witness of Myself, and the Father that sent Me beareth witness of Me.

19 Then said they unto Him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know Me, nor my Father: if ye had known Me, ye should have known My Father also.

20 These words spake Jesus in the treasury, as He taught in the temple: and no man laid hands on Him; for His hour was not yet come.

21 Then said Jesus again unto them, I go My way, and ye shall seek Me, and shall die in your sins: whither I go, ye cannot come.

22 Then said the Jews, Will He kill Himself? because He saith, Whither I go, ye cannot come.

23 And He said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.

24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am He, ye shall die in your sins.

25 Then said they unto Him, Who art Thou? And Jesus saith unto them, Even the same that I said unto you from the beginning.

26 I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent Me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of Him.

27 They understood not that He spake to them of the Father.

28 Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father hath taught Me, I speak these things.

29 And He that sent Me is with Me: the Father hath not left Me alone; for I do always those things that please Him.

30 As He spake these words, many believed on Him.



This sermon began, and then there was almost a stoning of the woman caught in adultery. At its end, there will be another ‘almost stoning’, this time of Jesus. The sermon begins and ends with ‘almost’ a stoning. In the middle of those two almost stonings, there is a sermon. This sermon is brash, pointed, and authoritative. Jesus is going to speak with force, knowing that His time is short before the crucifixion.



Verse 12

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying

 

Jesus had already begun to preach, when interrupted by the antagonists who wanted to trick Him with the ‘woman caught in adultery.’ They had figured He would either have her stoned, and thereby make Himself a murderer in the eyes of the Romans, or be merciful to her, making Him a violator of the law of Leviticus. That interruption of His sermon is over, so now we see in this passage, Jesus begins to speak ‘AGAIN’. He starts over in the sermon already begun before the interruption.



JESUS IDENTIFIES HIMSELF

AS ‘THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD’



John 8:12

"I am the Light of the world."



Only Jesus could make such a claim. He was claiming the ability in that role to see sin. The woman’s sin was seen, with repentance and godly sorrow being present. Therefore, Jesus did not condemn her. The accusers sins were seen, and they had no repentance. Jesus was seeing their rebellion, their accusatory and judgmental nature, and their unchanging hatred of Him. Jesus went on to explain, that to follow Him would keep us in the Light, and we would not be condemning of the repentant, but seeing sin as sin.



John 8:14

"Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying I am the Light of the world, he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the Light of life."



The pharisees claimed that Jesus’ words were His own. They were denying that Jesus spoke for God, and had not spoken ‘rhema’ words. This crowd was in ‘darkness’, but by the end of this sermon ‘many’ would ‘believe’ on Him. This many who would come to realize He is the Messiah, the Son of God, and come into the Light, out of darkness, would enrage those who had already wanted to destroy the Lord.



The jealousy of the wicked there, had made them want to kill Jesus. The converts who accepted Jesus as the Messiah would enrage them to greater vengeance. Some converts, and others in total rejection of Jesus were the results of this sermon. The same sermon made believers out of some, made enemies of greater wrath, out of others. We find that today, some are angered at the Truth, some are made believers out of the truthful message. The sermon is unchanged, the same sermon accomplishes both ends.



The ones who are made believers will ‘follow’ Jesus, and thereby, not be walking in ‘darkness’ any longer For they will have then as their Lord, the ‘Light of life’.



John spoke that ‘God is Light’. (I John 1:5).

Paul spoke that God is ‘dwelling in light unapproachable.’ (I Timothy 6:16) 

Paul had met Jesus on the road to Damascus, and there saw a ‘great light’. (Acts 22:6, Acts 9:3)

Psalms 119:130

"The opening of Thy words giveth light.’


Proverbs 6:23

"The law is light.’


Proverbs 27:1

"Jehovah is my light and salvation.’


John 1:4

"The life was the light of men."


Isaiah records in Isaiah 42:6 and 49:6 that the Messiah was to come ‘for a light to the Gentiles.’


Ephesians 5:14

‘Christ shall give thee light’.


John the Baptist was spoken of by Jesus, and called a ‘burning and shining light.’ (John 5:25)



The disciples of the church age are called ‘the light of the world’. (Matthew 5:14)


Christians are called the ‘children of light’ (Luke 16:8, John 12:16, and Ephesians 5:18)



When Moses came down off the mountain, after having stood before God, his face ‘shown’ with the glory of God. Having been in God’s presence, Moses’ face was also aglow with the LIGHT.



When Stephen was being stoned, and he looked up to see Jesus at the Father’s right hand, his face shown, and was enlightened by the LIGHT from God.



Yet, many Christians sit in darkness. Many still disgrace God by their language, their thoughts, their actions. What starts the darkness is the ‘rebelling against the words of God.’ Some want to pick and choose what words of God to read, do not want to interpret all verses so they harmonize with the rest of the Word, but want to take verses out of context, so as to twist them to fit their own ideas. This brings a darkness Once the darkness is chosen over the light, their darkness grows darker and darker.

 


What are we to do to be sure we are in the Light?



The ‘armor of light’ needs to be put on, and the ‘works of darkness’ need to be ‘cast off’.

Romans 13:12

"The night is far spent, and the day is at hand, Let us therefore, cast off the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light.’



Why is the ‘light’ called ‘armor’ here? We are not putting on light to just glow, but putting on LIGHT for the battle against wicked spirits of the age. Some are afraid of terrorism, of thieves in the night, of homicidal maniacs. Yet, the spiritual warfare involves greater danger than all of that. We need spiritual armor.


Do you hate ‘darkness’? Too many ‘love’ darkness. There is a lure of the sins that are darkness.



John 3:19

"And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil."



To those who continue to mix darkness in with the light they have received, the day will come when they will face total darkness. God is not going to tolerate the lukewarmness that is part of the twilight spiritual existence. God is currently forcing mankind to choose darkness or light. Those that choose darkness, will face darkness.


Matthew 8:12

"...cast into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’


Darkness perverts minds. What is good will look bad to the one in darkness. What is bitter will taste sweet. The mind becomes more and more perverted and warped, becomes reprobate. Spiritual understanding will not be possible to one walking in darkness. The things that are spiritually discerned will not be discernible to the one in darkness.


Isaiah 5:20

"Woe unto them that call evil good and good evil; that put darkness for light and light for darkness, that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter."



Jesus, in this sermon of John chapter 8, is calling for them, and now us, to follow Him, and thereby have ‘Light’ for our walk. So many stray from the Light of Jesus, walk in darkness, prefer darkness. The ones who were stricken with conscience for their sins, as Jesus wrote on the ground, preferred the darkness, and rejected Jesus again before the sermon was over. We need to be sure our choice is Jesus, and thereby have the revelation of truth into our lives from His Light.



The day before this sermon,

many were in darkness.



John 7:45-53 (KJV)

45 Then came theofficersto the chief priests and Pharisees; and they said unto them, Why have ye not brought Hm?

46 The officers answered, Never man spake like this Man.

47 Then answered them the Pharisees, Are ye also deceived?

48 Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on Him?

49 But this people who knoweth not the law are cursed.

50 Nicodemus saith unto them, (he that came to Jesus by night, being one of them,)

51 Doth our law judge any man, before it hear Hm, and know what He doeth?

52 They answered and said unto him, Art thou also of Galilee? Search, and look: for out of Galilee ariseth no prophet.



The Pharisees and chief priests were assuming that all that had believed on Jesus were ‘deceived’, and ‘cursed’. Yet, the chief priests and pharisees were the ones truly in darkness, cursed, blind, and deceived.



Verse 13

The pharisees therefore spake unto Him, Thou bearest record of Thyself, Thy record is not true.



Jesus answered that His words were not just His own, but were rhema from God.

John 8:14

"I am One that bear witness of Myself, and the Father that sent Me beareth witness of Me."



At Jesus’ water baptism, the Father had spoken and said that Jesus was His Son, and He was ‘well pleased’ with Him. Jesus did have God’s commendation of His words and deeds.



John 5:31-39 (KJV)

31 If I bear witness of Myself, My witness is not true.

32 There is another that beareth witness of Me; and I know that the witness which He witnesseth of Me is true.

33 Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth.

34 But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved.

35 He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.

36 But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given Me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of Me, that the Father hath sent Me.

37 And the Father Himself, which hath sent Me, hath borne witness of Me. Ye have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His shape.

38 And ye have not His word abiding in you: for whom He hath sent, Him ye believe not.

39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of Me.

 

 

 

 

Verse 15

judge after the flesh

 

John 5:22 (KJV)

22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:

 

 

 

Verse 18

I am one

This is a clear reference to the persons in the Deity.


1 John 5:7 (KJV)

7 For there are Three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these Three are one.


John 5:17-40 (KJV)

17 But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.

18 Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.

19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.

20 For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.

21 For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will.

22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:

23 That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.

24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.

26 For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;

27 And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.

28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,

29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.

31 If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.

32 There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true.

33 Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth.

34 But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved.

35 He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.

36 But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me.

37 And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.

38 And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not.

39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

40 And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.



Verse 19

Where is Thy Father? ... Ye neither know Me, nor my Father: if ye had known Me, ye should have known My Father also.



We cannot know one without knowing both. Eternal life is to know both Jesus and the Father. It cannot be that we know One, without knowing the Other.


John 6:44 (KJV)

44 No man can come to Me, except the Father which hath sent Me draw him...


John 17:2-3 (KJV)

2 As Thou hast given Him power over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.

3 And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, Whom Thou hast sent.

 


This message would make them mad, angry, and desiring of killing Him for them. Yet, their anger was restrained by the Lord, for His sermon was not yet done. In the end of their sermon, their anger was unrestrained, but God kept them from being able to kill Jesus yet. His time was not yet come for the crucifixion to happen.



Verse 20

These words spake Jesus in the treasury, as He taught in the Temple; and no man laid hands on Him, for His hour was not yet come.

Jesus often taught in the ‘treasury’ (Mark. 12:41; Luke. 21:1; John. 8:20). It was the court of women, having 13 chests, 12 for men, one for women, for the offerings. The 12, had the names of the 12 sons of Jacob. Yet, since there was one for women, the 13th, the women were allowed in this part of the Temple. Therefore, Jesus chose this part of the temple in which to minister, since He would teach no prejudice against women. This was the only part of the Temple in which women were allowed.

 


for His hour was not yet come


Jesus had known for some time that some were anxious to kill Him. Previously, He had carefully made sure they were not able to carry out their plots until it was the proper time.


John 7:6-13 (KJV)

6 Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come: but your time is alway ready.

7 The world cannot hate you; but Me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.

8 Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast; for my time is not yet full come.

9 When He had said these words unto them, He abode still in Galilee.

10 But when his brethren were gone up, then went he also up unto the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret.

11 Then the Jews sought Him at the feast, and said, Where is He?

12 And there was much murmuring among the people concerning Him: for some said, He is a good man: others said, Nay; but He deceiveth the people.

13 Howbeit no man spake openly of Him for fear of the Jews.



Today we see plotting and conniving to stop the true message of Jesus. The bullies of the congregations put fear in others to stop their speaking of truth. The truth of the need of repentance, the truth of the need of righteous living after salvation, the truth of the awesome mercy of God, etc are stifled by bullies that threaten others if they speak.


Why should Christians have to deal with 'abuse' in the church? How can Christians hurt others, try to dominate, control, threaten, hurt, and then justify it in any way, shape, or form? It is a shame to have to speak of this sin, but it is one that any Christian should find abhorrent. Yet, we find it, find it justified, find it rampant in our Christian world.


Abusers follow a pattern, describe one abuser, and you have pretty well described all of them. Abusers seek to isolate the victim, they seek to have the victim separated from all who might help, they seek to isolate them from hearing anyone who preaches truth. The abusers in Jesus day did not want the people to hear Jesus preach. The threats were not too outwardly spoken, but the people knew that they would be in trouble if they spoke kindly of Jesus, or seemed to accept His message. The more isolated the person is, the more they can be abused. The victim of abuse is vulnerable, the victim is more easily victimized, when they are cut off from help.



Churches see this problem, some on message boards likewise try to intimidate, and cease any talk that is different from their heretical ideas. We need to break the pattern of abuse. We need to boldly speak the message of Jesus, and adhere lovingly to our blessed Lord.

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