John 8:48-58

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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 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. 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!”

– John 8:48-58


This is a record of one of the more contentious encounters Jesus had with the religious leaders of His day. In this chapter, Jesus is accused of being a liar and a lunatic (demon-possessed). He countered these claims with the truth. He declared Himself to be the great I AM from Exodus chapter three. This infuriated the religious leaders. They attempted to stone Him on the spot for blasphemy. There are many today who claim that Jesus was a liar. They believe he was the best conman to ever walk the face of the earth. There are many today who believe that Jesus was a lunatic. They believe He was a crazy man who thought He was the Son of God. There are some today who believe that Jesus is who He said He is; the divine Son of God who came into this world to reconcile mankind to God.

The Big Question

In Philippians the second chapter, Paul declares that “Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of the Father.” When reading the Gospels, we are left with three choices: Jesus is either a Liar, Lunatic or Lord! He was a religious conman, a crazy man, or He is who He said He is; Lord of All! At the end of the day, we each must answer the same question that Jesus asked His disciples: “Who do you say that I am?”