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John 8:12-20

Here in the first 11 verses of John 8 you find the story of the “Woman Caught In Adultery” and the familiar line, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”

There is nothing in the story that is un-Christ like, and there nothing in the story that is unlike the behavior of the religious leaders; but apparently the story was added later.

Furthermore, it interrupts the story that began in chapter 7 and continues here in chapter 8:12.

Now, as we look at this passage that was read I want to be careful about being too negative; and yet, this passage is a portrait of what Jesus faced and what we see in many people today. This passage of scripture contains a somewhat lengthy conversation between Jesus and the Jewish religious leaders.

Look at vs. 12. Again, therefore, Jesus spoke to them, saying,I am the light of the world; he who follows Me shall not walk in the darkness, but shall have the light of life.” 

What a tremendous message of hope and assurance! But the Jewish rulers don’t like it and they don’t want others to hear it. So look what they do in vs. 13:

The Pharisees therefore said to Him, “You are bearing witness of Yourself; Your witness is not true.”

So, in vs. 14 Jesus tries to explain why His witness about Himself is legitimate. In vs. 14 He says, “Even if I bear witness of Myself, My witness is true; for I know where I came from, and where I am going; but you do not know where I come from, or where I am going. 15 “You people judge according to the flesh; I am not judging anyone. 16 “But even if I do judge, My judgment is true; for I am not alone in it, but I and He who sent Me. 17 “Even in your law it has been written, that the testimony of two men is true. 18 “I am He who bears witness of Myself, and the Father who sent Me bears witness of Me.” 

“Where is Your Father?”

Look at vs. 21: He said therefore again to them, “I go away, and you shall seek Me, and shall die in your sin; where I am going, you cannot come.” 

22 Therefore the Jews were saying, “Surely He will not kill Himself, will He, since He says, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come’?”

Look at vs. 23: And He was saying to them, “You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world. 24 “I said therefore to you, that you shall die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you shall die in your sins.”

Now look at vs. 25: And so they were saying to Him, “Who are You?”

And look at Jesus’ response. They ask, “Who are You?” and Jesus says, “What have I been saying to you from the beginning?

26 “I have many things to speak and to judge concerning you, but He who sent Me is true; and the things which I heard from Him, these I speak to the world.” 

And look at vs. 27 They did not realize that He had been speaking to them about the Father.

When it comes to Christ, when it comes to God; when it comes to salvation and what Jesus commands for salvation; some people are so busy arguing and disputing that they can’t or won’t hear what they are told.

These Jews, these Pharisees already had their mind made up; they had already dug in and even the truth could not budge them.

And I suspect that many of you have encountered someone just like this: you have tried to teach them about Christ; you have tried to teach them what the Lord commands; you have tried to explain to them the plan of salvation and the more you try to tell them the more they counter with “how about this or how about that”; they counter with some hypothetical question; or they just simply refuse to believe.

For example: You may have tried to teach someone about their need to be baptized and one of the more common questions to dispute baptism is: “If a man is headed to be baptized and he is killed in a car wreck, is he lost?”

Often these kinds of questions are asked, not to learn, but to dispute and to reject Christ and what He teaches; and that is what these Jewish leaders do in this passage.

So, vs. 27 says, “They did not realize that He had been speaking to them about the Father.”

Well, look at vs. 28. They may claim not to know that Jesus is speaking of the Father; but they will! Vs. 28:

Jesus therefore said, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and I do nothing on My own initiative, but I speak these things as the Father taught Me. 29 “And He who sent Me is with Me; He has not left Me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to Him.”

Notice, Jesus says, “When you lift up…”

Unbelief never has enough proof.

So, it is easy to quit trying; just give up; they are not going to listen anyway.

Well, look at vs. 30: As He spoke these things, many came to believe in Him.

Now, I want to take you back to vs. 12: Jesus says:  “I am the light of the world;

And when He says, “I am the light of the world” that is a metaphor.

And look at the second part of the verse: “…he who follows Me shall not walk in darkness,

 but shall have the light of life.”

Some will argue with that until the cows come home. But remember what Jesus says in vs. 24: Unless you believe in Him; and follow Him; you will die in your sins.