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We will find in this passage four claims made by Jesus in regard to His identity.1. The first claim Jesus made was in regard to EXALTATION (vv. 48-50)
2. The second claim Jesus made was in regard to ETERNITY (51-53).
3. The third claim Jesus made was in regard to EXPECTATION (54-56).
4. The fourth claim Jesus made was in regard to ESSENCE (57-58).
The people picked up stones to kill Jesus, but he hid and left the temple (v. 59).
Just as the Jewish leaders were faced with a choice to identify with Jesus, I have the same choice. I never want to be ashamed of my Lord.
The Jews answered him, "Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and have a demon?" Jesus answered, "I do not have a demon, but I honor my Father, and you dishonor me. Yet I do not seek my own glory; there is One who seeks it, and he is the judge. Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death." The Jews said to him, "Now we know that you have a demon! Abraham died, as did the prophets, yet you say, 'If anyone keeps my word, he will never taste death.' Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? And the prophets died! Who do you make yourself out to be?" Jesus answered, "If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say, 'He is our God.' But you have not known him. I know him. If I were to say that I do not know him, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and I keep his word. Your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day. He saw it and was glad." So the Jews said to him, "You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?" Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am." So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.
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John 5:16-23Jesus Claims to be God
John 5:24-29Four Types of Resurrections
John 5:30-38Jesus’ Witnesses of his Diety
John 5:39-47Blindness to the Truth of the Scriptures
John 6:1-14Philip Fails the Exam
John 6:15-27Jesus Calms Their Fears
John 6:30-40What’s Your Motive for Following Jesus
John 6:36-44The Reaction of The Jews
John 6:45-55Drawn to Christ
John 6:56-59Confusion of The Body And Blood of Christ
John 6:60-71Rejection by Many Followers
John 7:1-14The Advice of Jesus’ Brothers
John 7:15-24Judge Rightly
John 7:25-29Jesus Origin
John 7:30-36Blinded to The Truth
John 7:37-53Divided Opinions About Jesus
John 8:1-7Pharisees Condemn The Adulterous Woman
John 8:8-11Jesus Forgives The Adulterous Women
John 8:12-20Jesus is The Light of The World
John 8:21-30Jesus Predicts His Death
John 8:31-38The Truth Will Set You Free
John 8:39-47You Are of Your Father The Devil
John 8:48-59Jesus’ Claims To His Identity
John 9:1-12Contentment in Any Circumstance
John 9:13-23Trouble with the Jewish Leaders
John 9:24-34The Testimony of the Healed Man
John 9:35-41The Pharisees Blindless
John 10:1-13The True Shepherd
John 10:14-21The Good Shephard Knows His Sheep
John 10:22-30Rejected by the Religious Leaders
John 10:31-42Renewed Efforts to Stone Jesus
John 11:1-6News of Lazarus’ Death
John 11:7-16The Disciples Warn Jesus About Going to Judea
John 11:17-27Jesus Arrives at Mary and Martha’s House
John 11:28-37Emotions of Jesus
John 11:38-44Jesus Calls Lazarus Forth From the Grave
John 11:45-57Jesus Withdraws to Ephraim