John 8:12-59 disputes, answers and stones
3 disputes, one claim
Formula1 – millions to perfect speed
Cost of doing business
Story – Australian Grand Prix tire change
Application – what’s at stake
Church – basically a volunteer organization – no one paying you millions to run a church, be the best teacher, preacher or disciple etc….
How we give praise and Glory to God … most important pursuit …
How we treat each other ( 2nd greatest commandment )
12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
WHAT IS AT STAKE. – timeline
Goal in mind – life transformation THROUGH ETERNITY ..
So how do we prepare?
31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
34 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. 35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever.
51 Very truly I tell you, whoever obeys my word will never see death.”
58 “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” 59 At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.
Today – talking about who Jesus is … build in you a bold confidence to unashamedly declare… pursuit of excellent discipleship…
John 8:58 is monumental
Don’t let anyone get away with an ignorant dismissal of Jesus’ claims…
John’s Gospel continues this practice, but with a noteworthy elaboration. In every instance
(John1:51,3:3,3:5,3:11,5:19,5:24,5:256:26,6:32,6:47,6:53,8:34,8:51,8:58,10:1,10:7,12:24,13:16,13:20,13:21,13:38,14:12,16:20,16;23,21:18) – and only in this gospel – Jesus is portrayed as repeating the word for added emphasis.