Talks for Growing Christians
Debate Between Jesus and the Pharisees; The Lord Makes a Clear Claim That He Is Fully God
Lesson Number 41
- The Lord Jesus is incredibly gracious
- The Lord Jesus claimed full deity.
- Getting glory for ourselves is not our responsibility.
- Getting to know Him is our responsibility.
- How did the Pharisees attack Jesus?
- How did the Pharisees accuse Jesus?
- What did these accusations mean?
- How did the Lord handle these accusations?
- Did the Jews try to stone Jesus for some minor theological charge?
- What could John 8:51 have meant to the accusers?
- Did the Lord say that Abraham had seen Him?
- When did Jesus reveal Himself by the divine title used of God alone in the Old Testament?
- First with words, then physically with stones
- They accused Him of being a Samaritan and of having a demon.
- To be called a Samaritan by the Jews was the same as being called a heretic, and to be accused of having a demon was like being considered insane.
- He denied the slanderous charges, stated the truth, and then moved on.
- No. They would have stoned Him for blasphemy, His claim to be God.
- It could have meant their salvation. If they had believed the words of the Lord Jesus, they would not be condemned.
- No. Rather, Abraham said that he rejoiced to see “His day.” Note the Messianic promise in Genesis 12:3 and the indication that Abraham had seen the promise afar off (Hebrews 11:13).
- When He said, “Before Abraham was, I AM” John 8:58. This was the way God revealed Himself to Moses in that burning bush experience (Exodus 3:13-14).
- Does it ever bother you when another believer gets honor above you? How should you handle this? See 1 Peter 5:6 and Proverbs 27:2.
- As a believer, how well do you know God? Remember that obedience is a key to knowing Him.
- “I do not seek My own glory.” John 8.50
- “Jesus said, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he shall never see death.’” John 8.51-52
- “Jesus said, ‘Most assuredly I say to you, Before Abraham was, I AM.’” John 8.58