Jesus confronts misogynists. He is the Light of the World and the the ambassador of the Father. He says the truth will set you free. He is the “I AM.”
VERSE 2. Now very early in the morning, he came again into the temple, and all the people came to him. He sat down and taught them.
VERSE 3. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman taken in adultery. Having set her in the middle,
taken in adultery. Other translations say she was caught “in the very act” of adultery.
VERSE 4. they told him, “Teacher, we found this woman in adultery, in the very act.
Now in our law. The scribes and the Pharisees speak as though they are experts in the Bible. However, their views are the opposite of the Bible.
Moses commanded us to stone such women. The scribes and the Pharisees blame the woman but not the man. This view is anti-biblical. Moses commanded that both the man and the woman must be put to death. Executing one but not the other was not allowed.
What then do you say. What the scribes and the Pharisees had said and done was almost certainly misogynistic.
Leviticus 20:10. The man who commits adultery with another man’s wife, even he who commits adultery with his neighbor’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.
Deuteronomy 22:22. If a man is found lying with a woman married to a husband, then they shall both die, the man who lay with the woman and the woman. So you shall remove the evil from Israel.
VERSE 6. They said this testing him, that they might have something to accuse him of. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with his finger.
wrote on the ground with his finger. To this day, people never stop guessing what it was that Jesus wrote.
VERSE 7. But when they continued asking him, he looked up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw the first stone at her.”
VERSE 8. Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground with his finger.
VERSE 9. They, when they heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning from the oldest, even to the last. Jesus was left alone with the woman where she was, in the middle.
VERSE 10. Jesus, standing up, saw her and said, “Woman, where are your accusers? Did no one condemn you?”
VERSE 11. She said, “No one, Lord.” Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go your way. From now on, sin no more.”
Neither do I condemn you. Today’s Christian leaders could learn from this. Unlike them, Jesus did not condemn sinners.
Sirach 21:1. My son, have you sinned? add no more thereto; And make supplication for your former sins.
VERSE 12. Again, therefore, Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life.”
I am the light of the world. What was the mission of the Lord Jesus Christ? How did he himself define it? Here are the verses we find in the four gospels.
I am the light of the world. Does the light of Jesus shine into your life?
VERSE 13. The Pharisees therefore said to him, “You testify about yourself. Your testimony is not valid.”
VERSE 14. Jesus answered them, “Even if I testify about myself, my testimony is true, for I know where I came from, and where I am going; but you don’t know where I came from, or where I am going.
I judge no one. God the Son has absolute authority to judge. But he says he judges no one.
VERSE 16. Even if I do judge, my judgment is true, for I am not alone, but I am with the Father who sent me.
VERSE 17. It’s also written in your law that the testimony of two people is valid.
VERSE 18. I am one who testifies about myself, and the Father who sent me testifies about me.”
VERSE 19. They said therefore to him, “Where is your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.”
If you knew me. Do you know Jesus Christ?
you would know my Father also. Eternal life is knowing God the Father and Jesus Christ. Do you know them? Do you have a love-relationship with them? Read more »
VERSE 20. Jesus spoke these words in the treasury, as he taught in the temple. Yet no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.
VERSE 21. Jesus said therefore again to them, “I am going away, and you will seek me, and you will die in your sins. Where I go, you can’t come.”
VERSE 22. The Jews therefore said, “Will he kill himself, because he says, ‘Where I am going, you can’t come’?”
VERSE 23. He said to them, “You are from beneath. I am from above. You are of this world. I am not of this world.
VERSE 24. I said therefore to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am he, you will die in your sins.”
unless you believe that I am he. Some people claim that Jesus did not know he was the Messiah, or that he never meant to be the Messiah, or that his “Messiah-ship” was added later by his apostles.
However, this verse and many others make it quite clear that Jesus knew he was the Messiah, and that he knew the forgiveness of sins would be due to him.
VERSE 25. They said therefore to him, “Who are you?” Jesus said to them, “Just what I have been saying to you from the beginning.
VERSE 26. I have many things to speak and to judge concerning you. However he who sent me is true; and the things which I heard from him, these I say to the world.”
VERSE 27. They didn’t understand that he spoke to them about the Father.
VERSE 28. Jesus therefore said to them, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, and I do nothing of myself, but as my Father taught me, I say these things.
When you have lifted up the Son of Man. Jesus is referring to them crucifying him in the future.
VERSE 29. He who sent me is with me. The Father hasn’t left me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to him.”
VERSE 30. As he spoke these things, many believed in him.
VERSE 31. Jesus therefore said to those Jews who had believed him, “If you remain in my word, then you are truly my disciples.
the truth will make you free. This is where the famous expression originated: “The truth will set you free!” Do your explorations into the Bible set you free?
VERSE 33. They answered him, “We are Abraham’s offspring, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How do you say, ‘You will be made free’?”
VERSE 34. Jesus answered them, “Most certainly I tell you, everyone who commits sin is the bondservant of sin.
VERSE 35. A bondservant doesn’t live in the house forever. A son remains forever.
you will be free indeed. Many professing Christians have no freedom at all. They are shackled by the religious rules of their church. They have not let Christ set them free.
Are you free? Are you free indeed?
VERSE 37. I know that you are Abraham’s offspring, yet you seek to kill me, because my word finds no place in you.
VERSE 38. I say the things which I have seen with my Father; and you also do the things which you have seen with your father.”
VERSE 39. They answered him, “Our father is Abraham.” Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would do the works of Abraham.
VERSE 40. But now you seek to kill me, a man who has told you the truth which I heard from God. Abraham didn’t do this.
VERSE 41. You do the works of your father.” They said to him, “We were not born of sexual immorality. We have one Father, God.”
VERSE 42. Therefore Jesus said to them, “If God were your father, you would love me, for I came out and have come from God. For I haven’t come of myself, but he sent me.
VERSE 43. Why don’t you understand my speech? Because you can’t hear my word.
VERSE 44. You are of your father, the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and doesn’t stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks on his own; for he is a liar, and the father of lies.
VERSE 45. But because I tell the truth, you don’t believe me.
VERSE 46. Which of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me?
VERSE 47. He who is of God hears the words of God. For this cause you don’t hear, because you are not of God.”
VERSE 48. Then the Jews answered him, “Don’t we say well that you are a Samaritan, and have a demon?”
VERSE 49. Jesus answered, “I don’t have a demon, but I honor my Father and you dishonor me.
VERSE 50. But I don’t seek my own glory. There is one who seeks and judges.
he will never see death. In our day, some people claim that Jesus did not know he was the Messiah. However, this verse and many others are evidence that Jesus clearly knew he was the Messiah.
VERSE 52. Then the Jews said to him, “Now we know that you have a demon. Abraham died, as did the prophets; and you say, ‘If a man keeps my word, he will never taste of death.’
VERSE 53. Are you greater than our father, Abraham, who died? The prophets died. Who do you make yourself out to be?”
VERSE 54. Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say that he is our God.
VERSE 55. You have not known him, but I know him. If I said, ‘I don’t know him,’ I would be like you, a liar. But I know him and keep his word.
VERSE 56. Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day. He saw it, and was glad.”
VERSE 57. The Jews therefore said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old! Have you seen Abraham?”
VERSE 58. Jesus said to them, “Most certainly, I tell you, before Abraham came into existence, I AM.”
NIV translation. “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!”
Is there anywhere in the four gospels where the Lord Jesus Christ says, “I am God?” Here are the verses we find in the four gospels »
Most certainly, I tell you. Jesus is not speaking metaphorically. He means this literally.
I. The Greek word is ἐγὼ (“egō”). It is the first-person pronoun.
AM. The Greek word is εἰμί (“eimi”). It means am, exist.
I AM. This is a title of the Divine:
Exodus 3:14. God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM,” and he said, “You shall tell the children of Israel this: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ”
Isaiah 41:4. “Who has performed and accomplished it, Calling forth the generations from the beginning? ‘I, the LORD, am the first, and with the last. I am He.'”
John 8:58. Jesus said to them, “Most certainly, I tell you, before Abraham came into existence, I AM.”
VERSE 59. Therefore they took up stones to throw at him, but Jesus was hidden, and went out of the temple, having gone through the middle of them, and so passed by.
they took up stones to throw at him. In the previous verse, Jesus referred to himself with a title of the Divine.
The response of his hearers showed they understood it that way. They were going to stone him to death.
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