November 04, 2020 – Wednesday
John 8:23-24 NIV
23 But he continued, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.
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.”
Jesus is being explicit here as He often is. He is not of this world, but we are. We have a choice to die in our sins (unforgiven) if we do not believe in Jesus as the Messiah. Jesus was speaking to the Pharisees letting them know the different futures that awaited them based upon what they believed.
One has to wonder what form of darkness the Pharisees lived in so they could not see the light that was Jesus. He gave them example upon example showing who and what He was (is) and yet they remained blind to what was right in front of them. They could not or would not believe. And here Jesus lets them know time will run out for them to see and acknowledge the light.
We are all born into sin as Psalm 51:5 tells us, Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me, but this is not the sin Jesus was addressing. Instead He is addressing the root sin of unbelief, … those particular attitudes, words and actions which make up its fruit (Bruce as quoted by Guzik).
Incredibly some of them did turn around and ask (v25) Who are you? Jesus answered them directly (v26), Just what I have been telling you from the beginning. I have much to say in judgment of you. But He who sent Me is trustworthy, and what I have heard from Him I tell the world. Oddly enough they could not grasp what He was telling them about His Father. So He added further explanation (v28-29) When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught Me. The One who sent Me is with Me; He has not left Me alone, for I always do what pleases Him. While the Pharisees remained blind we read (v30) Even as He spoke, many believed in Him. They believed in spite of the opposition of the religious leaders. Why was this? Guzik tells us Jesus’ message of His unity with the Father was so well received by some because His life was consistent with the message. Unlike the Pharisees, one could see that Jesus was close to God. The Pharisees cultivated an image of intimacy with God, but it was evident they were not actually close to God.
Prayer: Heavenly Father – Help us to have the ability to always see the intimacy between you and your Son and not be blinded by those who make a show of intimacy with you and your son. Let the Holy Spirit guide us as we continually seek to know you and your Son. – In Jesus’ name. Amen.