Bible: John 8:21-47

Where Jesus Came From and Where He is Going

8:21 Then Jesus 1  said to them again, 2 I am going away, and you will look for me 3  but will die in your sin. 4  Where I am going you cannot come.” 8:22 So the Jewish leaders 5  began to say, 6 Perhaps he is going to kill himself, because he says, ‘Where I am going you cannot come.’ 8:23 Jesus replied, 7 You people 8  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 9  that you will die in your sins. For unless you believe that I am he, 10  you will die in your sins.”

8:25 So they said to him, “Who are you?” Jesus replied, 11 What I have told you from the beginning. 8:26 I have many things to say and to judge 12  about you, but the Father 13  who sent me is truthful, 14  and the things I have heard from him I speak to the world.” 15  8:27 (They did not understand that he was telling them about his Father.) 16 

8:28 Then Jesus said, 17 When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, 18  and I do nothing on my own initiative, 19  but I speak just what the Father taught me. 20  8:29 And the one who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, 21  because I always do those things that please him.” 8:30 While he was saying these things, many people 22  believed in him.

Abraham’s Children and the Devil’s Children

8:31 Then Jesus said to those Judeans 23  who had believed him, “If you continue to follow my teaching, 24  you are really 25  my disciples 8:32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 26  8:33 We are descendants 27  of Abraham,” they replied, 28 and have never been anyone’s slaves! How can you say, 29 You will become free? 8:34 Jesus answered them, “I tell you the solemn truth, 30  everyone who practices 31  sin is a slave 32  of sin. 8:35 The slave does not remain in the family 33  forever, but the son remains forever. 34  8:36 So if the son 35  sets you free, you will be really free. 8:37 I know that you are Abraham’s descendants. 36  But you want 37  to kill me, because my teaching 38  makes no progress among you. 39  8:38 I am telling you the things I have seen while with the 40  Father; 41  as for you, 42  practice the things you have heard from the 43  Father!

8:39 They answered him, 44 Abraham is our father!” 45  Jesus replied, 46 If you are 47  Abraham’s children, you would be doing 48  the deeds of Abraham. 8:40 But now you are trying 49  to kill me, a man who has told you 50  the truth I heard from God. Abraham did not do this! 51  8:41 You people 52  are doing the deeds of your father.”

Then 53  they said to Jesus, 54 We were not born as a result of immorality! 55  We have only one Father, God himself.” 8:42 Jesus replied, 56 If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come from God and am now here. 57  I 58  have not come on my own initiative, 59  but he 60  sent me. 8:43 Why don’t you understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot accept 61  my teaching. 62  8:44 You people 63  are from 64  your father the devil, and you want to do what your father desires. 65  He 66  was a murderer from the beginning, and does not uphold the truth, 67  because there is no truth in him. Whenever he lies, 68  he speaks according to his own nature, 69  because he is a liar and the father of lies. 70  8:45 But because I am telling you 71  the truth, you do not believe me. 8:46 Who among you can prove me guilty 72  of any sin? 73  If I am telling you 74  the truth, why don’t you believe me? 8:47 The one who belongs to 75  God listens and responds 76  to God’s words. You don’t listen and respond, 77  because you don’t belong to God.” 78 

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