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Jesus’ Claims To His Identity

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Identity

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)

  1. When Jesus keeps refuting their arguments, the Jewish leaders resort to the insult.
  2. Jesus is not seeking fame and glory.

2.  The second claim Jesus made was in regard to ETERNITY (51-53).

  1. We will never die when we are followers of Jesus.
  2. Jesus directs our attention to His timelessness.

3.  The third claim Jesus made was in regard to EXPECTATION (54-56).

  1. Jesus establishes confidence in the relationship.
  2. Jesus has confidence about His relationship with the Father.

4. The fourth claim Jesus made was in regard to ESSENCE (57-58).

  1. Jesus preceded Abraham.
  2. Jesus makes the claim that He is the “Self-Existent One."

The people picked up stones to kill Jesus, but he hid and left the temple (v. 59).

 

Application

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.

John 8:48-59 (English Standard Version)

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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