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SUMMARY OF THE GOSPEL OF JOHN
• Jesus, the Word of God made flesh, Creator and Sustainer
• Introducing John the Baptist
• The Word Became Flesh – Emmanuel
• John the Baptist Preparing the Way
• John the Baptist, “Behold, the Lamb of God”
• Calling the first disciples
• Jesus Changes Water into Wine
• Jesus Cleanses the Temple
• Covert meeting with Nicodemus - You must be “born again”
• Jesus Must Be Lifted Up - Eternal life through the Son of God
• John the Baptist, “He must increase, but I must decrease”
• Woman at the well in Samaria – Living Water
• Samaritans believe
• Healing the nobleman’s son
• Healing by the pool of Bethesda
• Equality with God – Jesus, the Son of God
• Multiple witnesses to the truth of His deity
• Feeding of 5000 plus
• Jesus Walks on Water
• Bread of Life discourse
• I AM the Bread of Life
• Eat My Flesh, Drink My Blood
• Peter’s Declaration – Jesus Has the Words of Eternal Life
- Unbelieving Siblings
• Jesus at the Feast of Booths
• Is This the Christ, The Anointed One?
• Rivers of Living Water
• Nicodemus Sticks Up for Jesus with the Pharisees
• The Woman Caught in Adultery
• I Am the Light of the World
• Not of This World
• The Truth Will Set You Free
• Abraham’s Offspring?
• Before Abraham Was, I Am
• Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind
• Man Healed of Blindness Brought Before Pharisees
• Man Healed of Blindness Brought Before Pharisees a Second Time
• Jesus, the Good Shepherd
• I AM the Good Shepherd
• Eternal Security of the Believer – securely in God’s hand
• Jews Want Jesus Stoned due to His Clear Claim to be God’s Son
• The Death of Lazarus
• Martha Confronts Jesus
• Jesus Weeps with Mary
• Jesus Raises Lazarus
• The Plot to Kill Jesus
• Mary Anoints Jesus at Bethany
• The Triumphal Entry
• Grain of Wheat
• The Son of Man Must Be Lifted Up
• The Unbelief of the People
• Jesus Came to Save
• Jesus Washes the Disciples' Feet
• Jesus Explains Lesson of Washing Feet
• Jesus Predicts Judas’ Betrayal
• A New Commandment
• I Go to Prepare a Place
• Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit
• My Peace I Give to You
• I Am the True Vine
• ABIDE in His Love
• The Hatred of the World
• You WILL be Persecuted
• Holy Spirit’s Work
• Ministry of the Holy Spirit
• Your Sorrow Will Turn into Joy
• Ask and You Will Receive
• Jesus Will Return to the Throne Room
• Jesus Answers Before We Ask
• The High Priestly Prayer of Jesus
• Out of This World
• In This World, Not Of It
• Sent into the World
• Jesus Prayed for Future Believers
• One in His Love
• Peter’s 1st Denial
• Jesus Before the High Priest and Peter’s 2nd & 3rd Denials
• Jesus Before Pilate
• Jesus’ Kingdom is Not an Earthly Kingdom
• Behold the Man - Crucify Him!
• Jesus Before Pilate Again
• Crucify Him!
• The Crucifixion
• Jesus on the Cross
• Prophecy Fulfilled – He was Pierced
• Jesus’ Burial
• The Empty Tomb
• Folded Linens Minus His Body
• Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene
• Go and Tell My Brothers
• Jesus Walks Through Locked Doors
• Thomas Gets What He Asked For
• Disciples go Fishing
• Miraculous Catch – Swim, Peter, Swim
• Breakfast with Jesus
• Peter Restored by Jesus – Peter’s death foretold
• What About John?
Names of Jesus in the Book of John
1. The Word – John 1:1
2. God – John 1:1
3. The True Light – John 1:9
4. The Son of God – John 1:14
5. Jesus – John 1:17
6. The Christ – John 1:17
7. The Lord – John 1:23
8. The Lamb of God – John 1:29
9. Rabbi – John 1:38
10. Messiah - John 1:41
11. King of Israel – John 1:49
12. Son of Man – John 1:51
13. The Bridegroom – John 3:29
14. A Prophet – John 4:19
15. Savior of the World – John 4:42
16. Bread of God – John 6:33
17. Bread of Life – John 6:35
18. Living Bread – John 6:51
19. The Holy One of God – John 6:69
20. Teacher – John 8:4
21. I AM – John 8:58
22. The Door – John 10:7
23. The Good Shepherd – John 10:11
24. The Resurrection and the Life – John 11:25
25. The Way, The Truth, and the Life – John 14:6
26. The True Vine – John 15:1
27. King of the Jews – John 18:33
28. Rabonni – John 20:16
The Seven “I AM” Statements of Jesus in the Book of John
1. “I AM the Bread of Life - John 6:35-48
2. “I AM the Light of the World” – John 8:12; 9:5
3. “I AM the Gate” – John 10:7
4. “I AM the Good Shepherd” – John 10:11-14
5. “I AM the Resurrection and the Life” – John 11:25
6. “I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life” – John 14:6
7. “I AM the True Vine” – John 15:1-5
The Seven “SIGNS” in the Gospel of John
1. Changing water into wine at Cana – John 2:1-11
2. Healing the royal official's son in Capernaum – John 4:46-54
3. Healing the paralytic at Bethesda – John 5:1-15
4. Feeding the 5000 – John 6:5-14
5. Jesus walking on water – John 6:16-24
6. Healing the man blind from birth – John 9:1-7
7. The raising of Lazarus – John 11:1-45
|Posted on June 7, 2016 at 8:45 PM||comments (0)|
Jesus Explains Lesson of Washing Feet
John 13:12 (ESV) When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you?
Jesus asked them if they understood what had just happened. Were they thinking, “Of course we do, You washed our feet,” or were they realizing there was a deeper meaning? From Peter’s resistance, we can conclude that they thought their Master should not stoop that low. They thought it was beneath their Teacher and Lord to do a servant’s task. Since they weren’t quite grasping the full import of Jesus’ gesture, He explained it.
John 12:13 You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am.
Jesus acknowledged that He was their leader, their chief, their Lord. The disciples believed Jesus to be their Messiah, the One they were to learn from and worship.
John 13:14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.
Jesus gave them a pattern of service to follow. He was servant-leadership personified. He explained that if He, who truly is the highest and mightiest, could humble Himself to serve them, the disciples certainly were not too good to serve one another.
John 13:16 Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.
Jesus was truly their High Priest. If He could serve them, then they surely could serve one another. Jesus was (and is) the Master of all, and as His servants we are certainly not above Him. Therefore, we must humble ourselves to serve as He served. Service is not exclusive to the act of foot-washing. Service should be a life-style of those who believe in Jesus as their Teacher, their Lord, their Savior, their all-in-all. Service is meeting the needs of someone even if it means placing yourself in an uncomfortable or unpleasant situation. Servant leadership is being willing to work alongside those who answer to you in order to meet a common goal. Servant leadership that takes on the work no one else wants to be responsible for. It is figuring out the solution to the problem and doing what it takes to complete the task. In other words, a leader does not exist simply to “boss around” the workers. A true leader’s goal is to build up and bring out the strengths of the workers.
John 13:17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.
Jesus promised that those who understood His example and obeyed it would be blessed. Case in point: if you are feeling “needy,” find someone with a greater need and do something to help them. Then you will feel blessed even though your need is still there. The opposite is also true: those who do not follow the example of servanthood miss out on blessings. They exclude themselves because they are on a course of disobedience rather than obedience, serving self rather than serving Jesus and others.
John 13:18 I am not speaking of all of you; I know whom I have chosen. But the Scripture will be fulfilled, ‘He who ate my bread has lifted his heel against me.’
Jesus knew which of the disciples truly trusted and loved Him as the Son of God and who did not. He knew whom the Father had chosen for eternal life, to be included in their heavenly family forever. Jesus also knew who would betray Him and gave the disciples information they would later remember. The betrayer would eat bread with Him.
Matthew 26:23 He answered, “He who has dipped his hand in the dish with me will betray me.”
As we will see later in this chapter, Jesus handed the dipped bread directly to Judas Iscariot.
John 13:19 I am telling you this now, before it takes place, that when it does take place you may believe that I am he.
Jesus prophesied about the dipping of the bread, so that when they recalled His words, their faith would be strengthened. Jesus used the form of “I AM” that is the name of God when He said they would know that “I am He.” This would be a clear claim to equality with God the Father.
John 13:20 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.”
Jesus would be sending His disciples out on a mission to share His teachings, His love, and the way to salvation with the world. Receiving them well would be the same as receiving Him well. Also, those who receive Jesus are receiving the Father, the One who sent Him.
The IVP New Testament Commentary:
Seen in the context of the foot-washing, this statement of the dignity of the Christian witnesses is not an expression of power and authority in any worldly sense. The one who represents Christ by bearing the same self-sacrificing love of God will meet with the same response Jesus met (cf. 15:18—16:4) but will also be the agent of the same eternal life that comes through knowledge of the Father in the Son by the Spirit. Each disciple should walk through his or her day with a consciousness of being on such a mission, which is only made possible through the closest intimacy with Jesus (15:1-17). (check out the entire commentary at www.biblegateway.com)
Jesus, God’s Son, was God’s ambassador to mankind, and as His offspring, we are Jesus’ ambassadors to the world. The disciples did not fully understand their calling as witnesses at this point in history but would recall these words when Jesus commissioned them after His resurrection.
Q – It’s not just about washing feet. Jesus “stooped down” to serve those truly beneath Him. We are to follow His example by doing things, sometimes unpleasant tasks, for others. The washing of the disciples’ feet was of course a lessor example than Jesus’ dying on the cross as the replacement for those who truly deserved to die. Jesus suffered and DIED for us. Are we willing to lay aside our pride and serve others for Him? Even if it makes us uncomfortable? Even if we have to get dirty? Even if society sees it as stooping too low? We cannot stoop lower than our Master stooped for us. There is no lower place than the humiliation of the cross.
|Posted on May 3, 2016 at 10:30 PM||comments (0)|
I AM THE GOOD SHEPHERD
John 10:11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
This is the fourth of Jesus’ “I AM” statements in John. So far, He has said He is the Light, the Bread, the Door, and now the Good Shepherd. By recording these statements, John was showing us that Jesus is everything we need because He IS God. A shepherd risked his life to protect his sheep. Jesus was foreshadowing that He would lay down His life as the sacrifice and payment for our sins. He would not just risk His life but would willingly give it up for His sheep, those chosen by God to have relationship with Him.
John 10:12 He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
The hired hand has no investment in the sheep. He might lose pay if a sheep were lost, but he would not risk his life for someone else’s lamb. The Good Shepherd is fully invested in the lives of His sheep and would give His life to save them. The hired hand would not purposely hurt the sheep like the thief or predator, but he would abandon the sheep to those who would harm them.
John:1014 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.
Reformation Study Bible
10:14 I know my own and my own know me. This is placed in parallel with the intimacy between the Father and the Son (v. 15; cf. 17:21–23). It is clear that “know” here, as so often in Scripture, means more than a mental grasp; it includes personal understanding and a commitment of will. To say that God “knows” a person in this way refers to His gracious redemptive commitment to that individual.
The Good Shepherd has more than a mere intellectual knowledge about the sheep. He has a relationship in which emotions are invested. He knows each sheep intimately and enables the sheep to have intimate knowledge of Him. Jesus knows all the layers of the onion because He created the onion. As Jesus and the Father are one, He desires to be one with the sheep. We will cover this more completely in John chapter 17. This is more than a casual relationship; Jesus was committed to the sheep to the point of dying for them.
John 10:16 And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.
The gospel is not exclusive to Israel. Jewish believers were not Jesus’ only sheep. Gentiles, those who are not Jews, would receive the good news as well, and many of them would be granted a relationship with the Lord. Otherwise, Susan and I would not be writing this blog since neither of us are Jewish!
John 10:17 For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”
The Father loved Jesus because He was willing to fulfill His will, being obedient even until death. He made the point that no one could take His life from Him. Instead He would be willingly giving it up, knowing He would be resurrected. As God, He has authority over life and death.
John 10:19 There was again a division among the Jews because of these words. 20 Many of them said, “He has a demon, and is insane; why listen to him?”
The religious leaders were always saying Jesus had a demon. They didn’t know what else to say. It may have sounded pretty crazy to hear Him saying He could give His life and then take it up again. No MAN could come back to life after dying! They did not believe in the reality that Jesus was the Son of God, they did not see Him as the genuine article, the promised Messiah. And if He had claimed to be those things and in reality was not, that WOULD make Him crazy.
John 10:21 Others said, “These are not the words of one who is oppressed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”
Others questioned the veracity of the Pharisees’ argument. How could someone who was demon possessed or crazy heal the blind man? God and the devil cannot live in the same vessel; so if Jesus were performing miraculous acts in the name of God, He could not possibly be demon possessed.
Q – Do you realize your need for a shepherd? Have you come to the conclusion that without Jesus to lead you, you are hopelessly lost in a downward spiral of sin? If so, stop fighting Him and surrender to His call. Then the Good Shepherd will lead you to good grazing ground in His word, and quench your thirst with Living Water.
|Posted on May 1, 2016 at 9:30 PM||comments (0)|
I Am the Good Shepherd
John 10:1 (ESV) “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber.
The Pharisees were robbers. They chained the people to the Law rather than helping them to see that Jesus was the Messiah that would bring freedom. They fattened themselves while starving the people. If you want the backstory for these ideas read the entire thirty-fourth chapter of Ezekiel. We have included the first four verses here:
Ezekiel 34:1-4 (ESV) The word of the Lord came to me: 2 “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel; prophesy, and say to them, even to the shepherds, Thus says the Lord God: Ah, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding yourselves! Should not shepherds feed the sheep? 3 You eat the fat, you clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fat ones, but you do not feed the sheep. 4 The weak you have not strengthened, the sick you have not healed, the injured you have not bound up, the strayed you have not brought back, the lost you have not sought, and with force and harshness you have ruled them.
False teachers are not true shepherds. They try to steal the sheep to follow them and stroke their own egos rather than to follow and bring glory to the Lord.
John 10:2 But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
The gatekeeper only opens the gate for shepherds who have sheep in the pen he is guarding. The shepherd has a relationship with his particular sheep. They recognize his voice. The shepherd has names for his sheep. Our Shepherd knows my name and your name if you are one of His sheep. Even though we are the body of Christ collectively, we are each individually His as well. The sheep recognize the voice of their shepherd and the special name he has for each one of them. This goes back to our being predestined, chosen by God, to be His sheep, those who are His children and heirs, who follow Him. Those of us who are His sheep will recognize His voice when He calls us out of all the sheep in the world. When He calls us out of the darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9), we will recognize our Shepherd’s voice and follow Him.
Ezekiel 34:11 & 13a (ESV) “For thus says the Lord God: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out…And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land.
The prophet Ezekiel spoke partially about God regathering the Jews into Israel again. However, it also applies to the fact that our Shepherd WILL find us and bring us into His flock whether we are Jews or Gentiles. We will know His voice when He calls us out of the world and into His fold.
John 10:4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.
When the Shepherd has called His flock out from among the masses, He does not leave them to find pasture for themselves. He leads them. They follow the sound of His voice in order to stay on the correct path and not wander off into danger. The Good Shepherd will enable us to stay on the path of divine purpose by the power of His Holy Spirit within us and the word He has preserved for us over the centuries, the Bible.
John 10:5 A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.”
The sheep will not follow just any old shepherd (or thief). A sheep, or in this analogy believers, will not follow anyone but the one who has rescued them, the Shepherd, the Protector, Jesus. The shepherd has trained his sheep to know him, and our Shepherd places the ability in us to discern His voice from the many noisy voices trying to lure us away. This harks back to the fact that we have an intimate relationship with our Shepherd. The shepherd does not just corral the sheep, put them in a pen, and walk away. The sheep mean everything to the shepherd. The shepherd would give his life for the sheep.
John 10:6 This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.
The people heard this analogy, but did not understand that Jesus is the Shepherd. They were thinking, “Why is he telling us this story about sheep?” They did not understand Jesus’ role as nurturer and protector.
John 10:7 So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 9 I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.
All who came before Jesus claiming to be the Messiah were imposters. The sheep the Lord had chosen did not follow these pretenders. Jesus made another “I AM” statement when He described Himself as the door. The only way to be saved is to enter in by the Door, Jesus Christ. He is the only way to the Father which we will cover even more in John chapter 14. Also, some sheepfolds, especially out in the pasture area, had no gate. The shepherd would lie across the entrance when he slept as the barrier between predators, animal or human, and his sheep. Jesus is the barrier between His sheep and the sinful world that would try to lure them out to destroy them. He is the door through which we enter, and is the door that keeps us safely inside His fold.
John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
Satan’s agenda is to destroy people, but Jesus’ purpose is to make them passionately fulfilled. The shepherd makes sure his sheep find excellent pasture and clean drinking water and protects them from all who would harm them. Jesus is the Shepherd, the Door, the Bread of Life, and the Living Water. He provides all that His people need. Jesus is the force that sustains life!
Hebrews 1:3a (NIV) The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.
Q – Is the gospel of Jesus Christ making sense to you for the first time? Perhaps the Shepherd is calling you out from the world to be a part of His flock. If you believe you are hearing His voice, surrender your life to Him, trust Him to be the Door to eternal life with the Father, and enter into the familyship of God.
|Posted on April 21, 2016 at 8:20 PM||comments (0)|
Before Abraham Was, I Am
John 8:48 (ESV) The Jews answered him, “Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and have a demon?”
First, the Jewish leaders called Jesus an illegitimate half-breed, and then they said He was demon possessed! The Samaritans were despised for intermarrying with the pagan peoples around them who worshipped idols. As we pointed out in the story of the woman at the well, Jews often went out of their way to avoid Samaria. So this was a double put-down. They not only refused to believe Jesus was God, but they thought He was of the devil. God and Satan cannot live in the same vessel, so if Jesus had a demon He could not be the Son of God. I believe these Jews were scraping around in their brains for a way to explain Jesus’ miraculous powers apart from God, so they accredited them to a demon. They were giving themselves migraines because they could not admit Jesus was God incarnate and had to find a way to refute Him. In accusing Jesus of blasphemy and demon possession, they were themselves committing blasphemy by attributing God’s work to someone or something other than God. They were committing the same thing they accused Jesus of doing.
John 8:49 Jesus answered, “I do not have a demon, but I honor my Father, and you dishonor me. 50 Yet I do not seek my own glory; there is One who seeks it, and he is the judge.
Jesus calmly stated that He did not have a demon, but He was obedient to God the Father. The Jewish leaders continually tried to discredit and slander Jesus. They dragged His name through the mud even though the signs He performed obviously pointed to the power of God working through Him. Their words were a brutal and methodical character assassination fueled by jealousy, lies, and deceit. Jesus, the Son, did not seek His own glory, but the Father glorified Him. Jesus constantly attributed His works to the Father who sent Him and instructed Him rather than claiming them for Himself. Jesus declared that the Father was going to judge these false accusers at the appointed time.
John 8:51 Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.”
Despite the fact that they were accusing and abusing Him, Jesus offered them the way to eternal life. In the midst of their tenacious, relentless tirade against Him, Jesus explained that the way to never see death was to believe and follow Him. The physical body will die, but the soul and spirit of those who believe and trust in Jesus can never be extinguished. Physical death on earth does not conquer eternal life.
John 8:52 The Jews said to him, “Now we know that you have a demon! Abraham died, as did the prophets, yet you say, ‘If anyone keeps my word, he will never taste death.’ 53 Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? And the prophets died! Who do you make yourself out to be?”
They didn’t get it. How many times did Jesus have to say it, and how many times did they need to hear it in order to believe? They pointed out that all the Jewish heroes of faith had ultimately died. They could visit their tombs. The ruling party at that time were mostly Sadducees who did not believe in a bodily resurrection, so this would make no sense to them. They still did not perceive that Jesus was not speaking in terms of never physically experiencing death. For those who trust in the Lord Jesus, death is a blink that leads to being in the presence of the Lord forever.
2 Corinthians 5:6-8 (NASB) Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord— for we walk by faith, not by sight— we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.
I do not know what form we will take until our bodies are resurrected at the second coming of the Lord, but I do know that when our earthly bodies die, we will be with Jesus instantaneously. That is enough for me! The religious rulers again demanded to know who Jesus was or thought Himself to be. He had told them over and over and over, but their eyes were blind and their ears were deaf as far as discerning that His words were true. Isaiah prophesied about them:
Isaiah 6:10 Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and blind their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.”
John 8:54 Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God.’
Jesus was saying that if He tooted His own horn, it would be only narcissism. The Jews claimed to know God and be His children, but still could not see that God was glorifying Jesus the Son. Jesus had previously pointed out that God verified His deity through the miracles He was able to do. The Sadducees and Pharisees said they knew God but did not recognize His divine artistry at work!
John 8:55 But you have not known him. I know him. If I were to say that I do not know him, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and I keep his word.
When Jesus said He “knew” the Father, He was claiming to be in intimate relationship with Him. Then He stated that they did not “know” God. They were NOT in intimate relationship with God. Then He called them liars because they claimed to know God. To know God for Jesus was to walk in obedience to His will.
John 15:10 (NASB) If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.
Jesus obeyed God, and we are to obey God. As we trust Jesus, the Holy Spirit will enable us to obey willingly, being secure in the Father’s love and trusting that His will is what is the absolute best for us. God knows His divine plan for us which is always for His glory and our good.
John 8:56 Your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day. He saw it and was glad.”
Abraham had the divine revelation, God’s promise to him, that through his seed, the Jews and ultimately the world would be blessed. The promise was Abraham’s, but the timing was God’s. Abraham believed God even though he waited years to have a son. Abraham did die and was buried; but as noted above, because of his belief, at the time of Jesus’ incarnation, he was with God. Therefore, Abraham DID rejoice to see Jesus’ day. He finally got to see the promise come to fruition.
John 8:57 So the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?”
The Jews were saying that Jesus was just a young whippersnapper, so how could He have seen Abraham? Since they did not believe Him to be deity, they could not understand how a man His age could claim to have met a patriarch who had been dead for hundreds of years. As usual, they were stuck in the physical realm.
John 8:58 Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.”
Here Jesus claimed pre-existence which was claiming deity. By using “I AM,” Jesus declared Himself to be equal with God the Father. You probably remember that “I AM” was the name God told Moses to use when telling the Israelites who sent him.
John 8:59 So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.
In the eyes of the religious leaders, Jesus had committed blasphemy by saying “I AM.” This was a sin punishable by death according to the Law of Moses. So they each grabbed a handful of rocks in order to stone Him. Did He have an invisible cloak or what? (Too much “Lord of the Rings”) We really do not know exactly how Jesus hid Himself in the middle of a crowd, but He got out of Dodge, or in this case, the temple. As usual, “His time had not yet come.”
Q – Have you heard the statement that Jesus either was God as He claimed, was a lunatic for believing Himself to be God, or was pure evil for deceiving people? What you believe about Jesus determines your final outcome. Trusting in Jesus as the God-Man who died for you…Believing His word…is the only way to spend eternity with Him in paradise. Have you surrendered yourself to His will? Are you living out His purpose for you?