John 8 is a chapter in the bible (from the book of John). And it begins with religious leaders trying to trap Jesus in his own words. In the text, they bring a woman caught in adultery to him and ask what should be done with her.
Instead of invoking the law of Moses, (which would be her death) Jesus stoops down on the ground and writes in the dirt. I like to think he was weighing his options on this one, thinking about what is the best answer here. When he finally speaks, the chapter shows how merciful Jesus really is.
John 8 is also a continuation of Jesus’ message. He’s still pleading with people to follow him.
8 Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives, 2 but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them. 3 As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd.
4 “Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?”
6 They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. 7 They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” 8 Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust.
9 When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. 10 Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”
11 “No, Lord,” she said.
And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”
In the verses above we see a glimpse of why Jesus came, and how much he loves us. I like to think about heaven when I read this verse. The Bible calls Satan the great accuser, and like Job, he will come to God and make demands about us.
This story in John 8 is about all of us. We deserve death, but through Jesus’s gift, we have life. Jesus died so our sins, and failures, can be covered by his blood.
I like to think when Satan comes to stand before God in heaven, that Jesus reminds him of his defeat and impending future. Especially when he’s talking about one of God’s children.
John 8: Jesus The Light Of The World:
12 Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”
13 The Pharisees replied, “You are making those claims about yourself! Such testimony is not valid.”
14 Jesus told them, “These claims are valid even though I make them about myself. For I know where I came from and where I am going, but you don’t know this about me. 15 You judge me by human standards, but I do not judge anyone.
16 And if I did, my judgment would be correct in every respect because I am not alone. The Father who sent me is with me. 17 Your own law says that if two people agree about something, their witness is accepted as fact. 18 I am one witness, and my Father who sent me is the other.”
19 “Where is your father?” they asked.
Jesus answered, “Since you don’t know who I am, you don’t know who my Father is. If you knew me, you would also know my Father.” 20 Jesus made these statements while he was teaching in the section of the Temple known as the Treasury. But he was not arrested, because his time had not yet come.
Here we have Jesus referring back to John 1 where it states: “In him was the life, and that life was the light of men.” he came to be the light of the world, and we can infer from the bible that the light has been around since the beginning of creation.
in the verses, he also states (rather cryptically) that he’s come from heaven, and God has sent him. I think he’s also playing a little with the Pharisees and scribes. They think that they’re going to heaven because Abraham is their father. However, they aren’t righteous and aren’t seeking God.
Therefore they are blind to reality, and the truth. They are not serving God but seeking power, and authority over others.
It’s a scary place to be in, I’ve been there before when I was in Ministry School. You spend all your time doing good and serving but you’re lacking the one thing that can give life to the ministry.
John 8: Jesus Gives The Unbelieving People Get A Warning
21 Later Jesus said to them again, “I am going away. You will search for me but will die in your sin. You cannot come where I am going.”
22 The people asked, “Is he planning to commit suicide? What does he mean, ‘You cannot come where I am going?”
23 Jesus continued, “You are from below; I am from above. You belong to this world; I do not. 24 That is why I said that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am who I claim to be, you will die in your sins.”
25 “Who are you?” they demanded.
Jesus replied, “The one I have always claimed to be. 26 I have much to say about you and much to condemn, but I won’t. For I say only what I have heard from the one who sent me, and he is completely truthful.” 27 But they still didn’t understand that he was talking about his Father.
28 So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man on the cross, then you will understand that I am he. I do nothing on my own but say only what the Father taught me. 29 And the one who sent me is with me—he has not deserted me. For I always do what pleases him.” 30 Then many who heard him say these things believed in him.
I love how Jesus talks to people in John 8. Some of the people get insanely confused, and at the same time, his disciples understand. It’s like he’s trying to pump his team up while confusing the people who aren’t open to the truth.
In earlier chapters, he proclaimed that he was the son of God. He stated he’s the living water, the bread of life, and later on in Chapter 14, he says that he’s the way.
John 8 shows his passion, drive, and love.
That is what we should be striving for, and that is what our focus should be. I’m not saying abandon this world and only focus on the spirit but I am saying there should be more of a balance. God is spirit and they that worship him must worship in spirit and in truth. (John 5)
Ask yourself, what are you doing to further His kingdom? It doesn’t have to be much, have you smiled at someone today? Or blessed them. Maybe you’ve sat and wept with someone in pain or laughed when they were joyful.
We need to be about the business of the kingdom, and I need to remind myself of this more and more because I’m the worst offender of this.
John 8: Jesus And Abraham:
31 Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. 32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
33 “But we are descendants of Abraham,” they said. “We have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean, ‘You will be set free?”
34 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin. 35 A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son is part of the family forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free. 37 Yes, I realize that you are descendants of Abraham. And yet some of you are trying to kill me because there’s no room in your hearts for my message. 38 I am telling you what I saw when I was with my Father. But you are following the advice of your father.”
39 “Our father is Abraham!” they declared.
John 8: 40-47 Religious People Always Believe They’re Right
“No,” Jesus replied, “for if you were really the children of Abraham, you would follow his example. 40 Instead, you are trying to kill me because I told you the truth, which I heard from God. Abraham never did such a thing. 41 No, you are imitating your real father.”
They replied, “We aren’t illegitimate children! God himself is our true Father.”
42 Jesus told them, “If God were your Father, you would love me because I have come to you from God. I am not here on my own, but he sent me. 43 Why can’t you understand what I am saying? It’s because you can’t even hear me! 44 For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.
45 So when I tell the truth, you just naturally don’t believe me! 46 Which of you can truthfully accuse me of sin? And since I am telling you the truth, why don’t you believe me? 47 Anyone who belongs to God listens gladly to the words of God. But you don’t listen because you don’t belong to God.”
John 8: The Pharisees Argue Back
Hindsight is 20/20, but I’m amazed and how long they argue with Jesus in John 8. Sometimes I get frustrated reading John 8 because I feel like they should see.
But we’ve all been blind, and some still are.
48 The people retorted, “You Samaritan devil! Didn’t we say all along that you were possessed by a demon?”
49 “No,” Jesus said, “I have no demon in me. For I honor my Father—and you dishonor me. 50 And though I have no wish to glorify myself, God is going to glorify me. He is the true judge. 51 I tell you the truth, anyone who obeys my teaching will never die!”
52 The people said, “Now we know you are possessed by a demon. Even Abraham and the prophets died, but you say, ‘Anyone who obeys my teaching will never die!’ 53 Are you greater than our father Abraham? He died, and so did the prophets. Who do you think you are?”
54 Jesus answered, “If I want glory for myself, it doesn’t count. But it is my Father who will glorify me. You say, ‘He is our God,’ 55 but you don’t even know him. I know him. If I said otherwise, I would be as great a liar as you! But I do know him and obey him. 56 Your father Abraham rejoiced as he looked forward to my coming. He saw it and was glad.”
57 The people said, “You aren’t even fifty years old. How can you say you have seen Abraham?”
58 Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth before Abraham was even born, I am!” 59 At that point they picked up stones to throw at him. But Jesus was hidden from them and left the Temple.
John 8 shows that people will fight against you, even while they have the truth staring them in the face.
The truth will make people angry. As people, we try to make our lives easier, and we like to be in control. However, when God shows up, it makes us realize how much we don’t know, and how much we can’t control.
This will usually make people have one of two different reactions.
They Get Angry.
Or They Fall On Their Knees
When people get angry at God, it’s usually because he didn’t do something they wanted. John 8 is a perfect example of that. The expectation is a great thing when waiting on God, however, we need to realize that when God says something, it might not come the way we think he’s coming to rescue us.
When you are listening to God’s voice, confirm it with friends. Especially if it’s something major like becoming a missionary to Africa. However, if it’s something simple, like buying that homeless person you walked by a sandwich. What’s the harm?
When people fall on their knees, they’re already living for Jesus and hearing his voice. These are righteous, and they are the ones who we should all follow.
John 8 is essentially Jesus trying to get past people’s conceptions and show them how much he loves them. In addition to that, John 8 is a love story that came to rescue us all.
Sterling grew up in the suburbs of Minneapolis. As a kid he loved skateboarding but mostly did street riding. He injured his ankle badly when he dropped into his first half pipe. His skateboarding slowed down after that, but he still loved the sport.
While in his 20's he needed to make a change, so he did some world traveling with a motivational speaking group. Through it all, he visited 46 states and 3 continents and eventually lived in Mississippi. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina tore through the state. He jumped into the fray, helping mobilize support for the evacuees of New Orleans & The Gulf Coast. During the aftermath he helped run a shelter and drove food & medical supplies to affected areas by truck. Currently he lives in Minneapolis, runs his snowboard shop, and shreds Vail Whenever he can.