John 8:54-59a

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

Bible Reading

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…

– John 8:54-59a


Jesus made claims about Himself that outraged the religious leaders. He constantly talked as if He was God. The entire Gospel of John highlights Jesus’ claims to be divine. This infuriated the religious leaders and caused them to accuse Jesus of blasphemy. This would be the accusation that would cause Him to be crucified.

The Big Question

What angered the leaders most about Jesus’ claims to be God? Why do you think they could not accept Jesus’ claims to be God? Do you? Jesus did and said a lot of things that shocked the religious leaders of His day. As you have been, or are coming to know Jesus in your own life, what has shocked, puzzled or delighted you the most about Him?

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