John 8:48-59

Spend time in prayer and silence with God asking Him to meet with you and speak to you.

Bible Reading

The Jews answered Him, “Aren’t we right in saying that You are a Samaritan and demon-possessed?” “I am not possessed by a demon,” said Jesus, “but I honor my Father and you dishonor Me. I am not seeking glory for myself; but there is One who seeks it, and He is the Judge. I tell you the truth, if anyone keeps My word, he will never see death.” At this the Jews exclaimed, “Now we know that you are demon-possessed! Abraham died and so did the prophets, yet you say that if anyone keeps your word, he will never taste death. Are you greater than our father Abraham? He died, and so did the prophets. Who do you think you are?” Jesus replied, “If I glorify Myself, My glory means nothing. My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the One who glorifies Me. Though you do not know Him, I know Him. If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know Him and keep His word. Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing My day; he saw it and was glad.” “You are not yet fifty years old.” The Jews said to Him, “and you have seen Abraham!” “I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I Am!” At this they picked up stones to stone Him, but Jesus hid Himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.

– John 8:48-59


This exchange with the Pharisees comes to a climatic close. Here Jesus declares He predated Abraham. Not only this, He takes upon Himself the “I Am” title found in Exodus 3:14. The Pharisees are furious and pick up stones to kill Jesus. Jesus’ words have cut to the heart. The contrast between Jesus the “light of the world” and the Pharisees “blind guides” is becoming clearer as Jesus moves closer to the cross.

The Big Question

What is the significance of the name Jesus used for Himself here? How did the religious leaders react? What is the difference between religion and biblical Christianity? How did Jesus live out this reality?

Conclude your time in prayer and silence, reflecting on what God revealed to you today.