This is a long passage of Jesus confronting the Jews at the temple. I don’t understand everything here, but the first verse catches my attention and gives me hope.
Verse 12: When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
What a promise! If I will stay close to Jesus, he will shine light on my questions and fears and uncertainties.
Jesus was bold in stating his status and the consequences for not believing in him.
Verse 24: “I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am he, you will indeed die in your sins.”
Verse 31-32: To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
He explains what we will be freed from.
Verse 34 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.”
I am so grateful Jesus has given me this freedom.
Jesus confronted the devil and those who listened to him.
Verse 44: “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”
And although Jesus knew they would condemn him, he claimed for himself the name which had always only been used for God.
Verse 58 “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!”
Lord, thank you for the promises you gave us, and for the truth you did not hesitate to speak.