Lent day 30 – John 8 – Who do you think you are?
Where in the Word are you today? I’m in John 8 which might well be titled “Who’s your daddy?” John 8 should be read in conversation with John 14 and Romans 6-7. Jesus is differentiating between a living relationship with the Father and the religion that has developed under the Jews over millennia. It all leads to the Jews asking the ultimate question of Jesus, “Just who do you think you are?!” and Jesus revealing in his response that he is the One who revealed Himself to be I AM.
To the religious leaders of Jesus’ day that would have been blasphemy. And John tells us that indeed the Jews picked up stones to kill him. But Jesus slipped away as it was not yet the appointed time.
All of us are always trying to answer the questions of identity, belonging and purpose. Jesus was crystal clear about all three: he knew exactly who he was, to whom he belonged and what on earth he was on earth to do. Some around him were confused but others believed and found a new life in Him.
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