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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

Debating with Jesus (John 8)

The Pharisees didn't like what Jesus said so they argued and debated His Word. The real problem though was that the Pharisees refused to accept that Jesus is God in human flesh, with all authority over them and over all of creation.

But rather than arguing with the Pharisees over their objections to His Word, Jesus described what His true followers looked like. They are the ones who abide in His Word rather than argue and debate the parts which they don't want to submit to:

John 8:31-32 If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. [32] And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

So if we are not willing to abide in His Word like the Pharisees and instead just want to argue or ignore every jot and tittle we don't want to obey, we are trying to play God rather than trust in Jesus who is God.

But then Jesus really stoked the fire telling the Pharisees very clearly that He is God:

John 8:59 Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I AM.

John 10:30 I and the Father are one.

It surprises me that the Pharisees couldn't see that Jesus is God because He proved it, not just by His Words, but by fulfilling absolutely every prophecy of the Messiah and doing miracles that only God can do.

But what also amazes me is that many people today who say they believe in Jesus, actually deny that He is God who is worthy of all of our worship and all of our praise.

When Jesus said "I AM," He applied God's holy name to Himself.

In John 10:30, when Jesus said, "I and the Father are one," He proclaimed without a shadow of doubt that He is God who appeared in human flesh.

So even for us today, Jesus' words in John 8:59 and John 10:30 demand a response.

The Pharisees' response was that they absolutely refused to believe that Jesus is God. They demonstrated this by refusing to abide in His Word. They absolutely refused to become His disciples.

So Jesus will say to them, "depart from me, I never knew you?"

But what about us? Are we willing to abide in His Word (the Bible), and draw close to Him through it?

Are we willing to worship Him in this life now as our Lord God rather than try to play God ourselves?

There will come a day when every creature under heaven will bow the knee to Jesus and worship Him as God.

Philippians 2:10-11 "at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, [11] and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord"

The decision we make today about who Jesus is, determines the location from which we will bow the knee to Him for all eternity.

Dear Lord, Thank you for giving us the free will to choose in this life whether we will spend eternity with You or forever separated from You. In Jesus' name, amen.

Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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