Bible: John 8:12-59

Jesus as the Light of the World

8:12 Then Jesus spoke out again, 1 I am the light of the world. 2  The one who follows me will never 3  walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” 8:13 So the Pharisees 4  objected, 5 You testify about yourself; your testimony is not true! 6  8:14 Jesus answered, 7 Even if I testify about myself, my testimony is true, because I know where I came from and where I am going. But you people 8  do not know where I came from or where I am going. 9  8:15 You people 10  judge by outward appearances; 11  I do not judge anyone. 12  8:16 But if I judge, my evaluation is accurate, 13  because I am not alone when I judge, 14  but I and the Father who sent me do so together. 15  8:17 It is written in your law that the testimony of two men is true. 16  8:18 I testify about myself 17  and the Father who sent me testifies about me.”

8:19 Then they began asking 18  him, “Who is your father?” Jesus answered, “You do not know either me or my Father. If you knew me you would know my Father too.” 19  8:20 (Jesus 20  spoke these words near the offering box 21  while he was teaching in the temple courts. 22  No one seized him because his time 23  had not yet come.) 24 

Where Jesus Came From and Where He is Going

8:21 Then Jesus 25  said to them again, 26 I am going away, and you will look for me 27  but will die in your sin. 28  Where I am going you cannot come.” 8:22 So the Jewish leaders 29  began to say, 30 Perhaps he is going to kill himself, because he says, ‘Where I am going you cannot come.’ 8:23 Jesus replied, 31 You people 32  are from below; I am from above. You people are from this world; I am not from this world. 8:24 Thus I told you 33  that you will die in your sins. For unless you believe that I am he, 34  you will die in your sins.”

8:25 So they said to him, “Who are you?” Jesus replied, 35 What I have told you from the beginning. 8:26 I have many things to say and to judge 36  about you, but the Father 37  who sent me is truthful, 38  and the things I have heard from him I speak to the world.” 39  8:27 (They did not understand that he was telling them about his Father.) 40 

8:28 Then Jesus said, 41 When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, 42  and I do nothing on my own initiative, 43  but I speak just what the Father taught me. 44  8:29 And the one who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, 45  because I always do those things that please him.” 8:30 While he was saying these things, many people 46  believed in him.

Abraham’s Children and the Devil’s Children

8:31 Then Jesus said to those Judeans 47  who had believed him, “If you continue to follow my teaching, 48  you are really 49  my disciples 8:32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 50  8:33 We are descendants 51  of Abraham,” they replied, 52 and have never been anyone’s slaves! How can you say, 53 You will become free? 8:34 Jesus answered them, “I tell you the solemn truth, 54  everyone who practices 55  sin is a slave 56  of sin. 8:35 The slave does not remain in the family 57  forever, but the son remains forever. 58  8:36 So if the son 59  sets you free, you will be really free. 8:37 I know that you are Abraham’s descendants. 60  But you want 61  to kill me, because my teaching 62  makes no progress among you. 63  8:38 I am telling you the things I have seen while with the 64  Father; 65  as for you, 66  practice the things you have heard from the 67  Father!

8:39 They answered him, 68 Abraham is our father!” 69  Jesus replied, 70 If you are 71  Abraham’s children, you would be doing 72  the deeds of Abraham. 8:40 But now you are trying 73  to kill me, a man who has told you 74  the truth I heard from God. Abraham did not do this! 75  8:41 You people 76  are doing the deeds of your father.”

Then 77  they said to Jesus, 78 We were not born as a result of immorality! 79  We have only one Father, God himself.” 8:42 Jesus replied, 80 If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come from God and am now here. 81  I 82  have not come on my own initiative, 83  but he 84  sent me. 8:43 Why don’t you understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot accept 85  my teaching. 86  8:44 You people 87  are from 88  your father the devil, and you want to do what your father desires. 89  He 90  was a murderer from the beginning, and does not uphold the truth, 91  because there is no truth in him. Whenever he lies, 92  he speaks according to his own nature, 93  because he is a liar and the father of lies. 94  8:45 But because I am telling you 95  the truth, you do not believe me. 8:46 Who among you can prove me guilty 96  of any sin? 97  If I am telling you 98  the truth, why don’t you believe me? 8:47 The one who belongs to 99  God listens and responds 100  to God’s words. You don’t listen and respond, 101  because you don’t belong to God.” 102 

8:48 The Judeans 103  replied, 104 Aren’t we correct in saying 105  that you are a Samaritan and are possessed by a demon? 106  8:49 Jesus answered, “I am not possessed by a demon, 107  but I honor my Father – and yet 108  you dishonor me. 8:50 I am not trying to get 109  praise for myself. 110  There is one who demands 111  it, and he also judges. 112  8:51 I tell you the solemn truth, 113  if anyone obeys 114  my teaching, 115  he will never see death.” 116 

8:52 Then 117  the Judeans 118  responded, 119 Now we know you’re possessed by a demon! 120  Both Abraham and the prophets died, and yet 121  you say, ‘If anyone obeys 122  my teaching, 123  he will never experience 124  death.’ 125  8:53 You aren’t greater than our father Abraham who died, are you? 126  And the prophets died too! Who do you claim to be? 8:54 Jesus replied, 127 If I glorify myself, my glory is worthless. 128  The one who glorifies me is my Father, about whom you people 129  say, ‘He is our God.’ 8:55 Yet 130  you do not know him, but I know him. If I were to say that I do not know him, 131  I would be a liar like you. But I do know him, and I obey 132  his teaching. 133  8:56 Your father Abraham was overjoyed 134  to see my day, and he saw it and was glad.” 135 

8:57 Then the Judeans 136  replied, 137 You are not yet fifty years old! 138  Have 139  you seen Abraham? 8:58 Jesus said to them, “I tell you the solemn truth, 140  before Abraham came into existence, 141  I am! 142  8:59 Then they picked up 143  stones to throw at him, 144  but Jesus hid himself and went out from the temple area. 145 

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