John 8:19-24

In John 8:19-24 the religious leaders just don’t get it.  Jesus is standing right in front of them, proclaiming His place as the Son of God, and they are completely oblivious to what He’s saying.  “They said, “Where is this so-called Father of yours?” Jesus said, “You’re looking right at me and you don’t see me. How do you expect to see the Father? If you knew me, you would at the same time know the Father”.”  In referring to Jesus’ lineage, the Pharisees thought they had some damaging information on Him. They must have thought, “Watch how He reacts when we reveal what we know about Him.” In response, Jesus made it clear that they did not know anything about Him or His Father.  They were in fact clueless.

Jesus rewinds and tries to make another run at explaining who He was and what the future would be.  “He gave this speech in the Treasury while teaching in the Temple. No one arrested him because his time wasn’t yet up. Then he went over the same ground again. “I’m leaving and you are going to look for me, but you’re missing God in this and are headed for a dead end. There is no way you can come with me”.”  Jesus knew He was going to heaven. Because of their hatred against Him, Jesus could say that His accusers – these so called religious leaders – were not going to heaven. Where He was going, they could not follow.

The religious leaders have no clue what Jesus is talking about.  They think Jesus is going to take his own life.  “The Jews said, “So, is he going to kill himself? Is that what he means by You can’t come with me”? They had it all wrong.  Their vision was merely based on the world they knew. The Jews of Jesus’ time taught that the lowest levels of Hades were for those who committed suicide. Here the Pharisees tried to twist Jesus’ words to imply that He will kill himself and therefore be cast into Hades.  They got it totally wrong and “Jesus said, You’re tied down to the mundane; I’m in touch with what is beyond your horizons. You live in terms of what you see and touch. I’m living on other terms”.  As humans, we can get caught by the limits of our senses.  Jesus has no limits.

Jesus tries yet again to explain things.  “I told you that you were missing God in all this. You’re at a dead end. If you won’t believe I am who I say I am, you’re at the dead end of sins. You’re missing God in your lives”.  These guys were religious leaders, yet lived in darkness that filled their mind and their deeds. The darkness remained because they rejected and refused to believe the light. Jesus gave them a serious warning; grace will not last forever. Death makes the outcome of our sin permanent unless we have addressed it through the grace of Jesus Christ to cover our sin through His shed blood. The religious leaders of the day never got that truth.  We will have the same outcome if we don’t grasp the truth and hang on to Jesus!

2 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks for the great insight. This is sad, but true: “The religious leaders have no clue what Jesus is talking about.”

    Thanks for speaking the truth!

    Be blessed. God is in a good mood.


  2. Reblogged this on Matthews' Blog.


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