Daily Bible Studies & Sermon Notes

John 8:25-31
Pastor Steve Schell
Sunday: John 8:25
v25: Jesus warned this group that unless they believed in Him they would die in their sins (v24). Now we hear their response: They asked, “Who are you?” Given all Jesus has said about Himself this cannot be a sincere question. They must have been attempting to lure Him into saying something they could consider to be blasphemous. He replied by asking them to recall the things He had already said about Himself. From the very beginning of His ministry He had never hidden His identity. So in effect, He said to them, “I am not going to answer that question again; you already know My answer. It hasn’t changed.”

Monday: John 8:26
v26: Then He added, “I have many things to say and judge about you.” These religious leaders had been constantly examining His words and deeds and finding fault with Him. And if He had chosen to do so, Jesus said He could easily have found fault with them as well. He could have devoted much of His preaching to exposing their hypocrisy. None of them were able to live up to the standards they themselves preached. But the Father had not sent Him to criticize people. He’d sent Him to proclaim a positive message; He’d sent Him to speak the things He had heard the Father say; He’d sent Him to offer salvation. Why? Because the Father who sent Jesus is “true.”

Tuesday: John 8:26
v26 (continued): In the context of this debate between Jesus and these Jewish leaders, Jesus’ statement that the Father is true does not primarily mean that the Father’s words are accurate or genuine. That’s what Greeks would mean by the word true. By saying that the One who sent Him is true, Jesus means that the Father was being true to His covenant with Israel; He has not forgotten His promise to be merciful and rescue them, which is why the things He instructs His Son to say are primarily about salvation, not criticism. However, on occasion it was necessary for Jesus to address the hypocrisy of His critics because they were trying to persuade people to reject Him (Mt 23:1-36).

Wednesday: John 8:27
v27: John’s statement here can be confusing. He literally says these men did not know Jesus spoke “of the Father” to them. It seems impossible to think that they didn’t know He was speaking to them about God or that He was saying God had sent Him. It’s far more likely this statement means these opponents refused to acknowledge that the Father was the source of the things Jesus said. In other words, they knew He claimed to speak the Father’s words, but they didn’t really know it. They didn’t believe He came from heaven; they didn’t believe His words were from God. To them He was an imposter, promoting Himself.

Thursday: John 8:28
v28: Jesus knew they distrusted His motives. They thought He was an ambitious man who was trying to promote himself, but He also knew He was going to do something in the near future which would shatter that false assumption. Some of these men would be among those who would arrange to have Him crucified. They would arrest Him on the Mount of Olives and drag Him before their religious courts. He would not respond the way an ambitious man would respond. He would not try to defend Himself or beg for mercy. They would insult Him and hit Him, but He would not fight back. They would hand Him over to the Romans to be executed, but He would not curse them or rail against God. Instead He would respond exactly the way Isaiah said He would, “He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth; like a lamb that is led to slaughter, and like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, so He did not open His mouth” (Isa 53:7).

Friday: John 8:28-29
v28 (continued): Jesus told these men that something was going to happen that would change their minds about Him. He said, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am, and I do nothing from Myself, but just as the Father taught Me, these things I speak” (literal). In other words, no self-promoting, ambitious man would willingly permit himself to be treated the way you will treat Me. My complete surrender to the will of the Father is going to become indisputably clear when I am crucified. My true motive will be exposed beyond the shadow of a doubt. v29: The crucifixion would prove His complete surrender to the Father, but it would also reveal the Father’s complete approval of Him. Though many in Israel would initially believe that the shameful way He was executed (the cross) proved that the Father rejected Him (Isa 53:4, 8), His resurrection on the third day would prove otherwise. By raising Jesus from the dead, the Father vindicated His Son. He declared, in the most unmistakable terms, that Jesus always did the things that pleased Him.

Saturday: John 8:30-31
vs30-31: Though many of the religious leaders and Pharisees rejected Jesus, John now tells us that their rejection of Jesus was not universal. He says, “As He was speaking these things, many believed in Him” (literal). And in case we had any doubt that these “many” included religious leaders and Pharisees, John added, “Therefore Jesus said to the Jews who believed in Him….” Again as we’ve often pointed out, in this context the term “Jews” does not mean the Jewish people in general but rather the religious leaders and highly observant Pharisees. In light of such hostility toward Jesus and the theological debate going on among them, it’s amazing that many of these believed.  

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