Today’s Scripture: John 8:48-59
By: Kurt Krodle
Have you heard the adage, “If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging?” It would have been wise for the Pharisees to “stop digging” by the time we make it to this passage in John 8. Throughout the chapter, we see these leaders sparring with Jesus but with no way to win.
If you’re like me, there are times that I should “stop digging,” but I want to convince God that I have everything under control and if he would simply follow my lead, everything would work out fine.
In today’s reading, we are confronted with the eternal, divine reality of who Jesus truly is—not “I was”, but “I am.” Jesus’ existence transcends time, and He is God. What a declaration!
For years, I have told students there are places in Scripture that force us to decide who we believe Jesus really is. This is one of those places. Many would say that Jesus was a good man, a prophet, a good teacher, or simply a radical who came to empower the outcasts in society (that we should not believe all that he said but rather take the good and leave out the rest). But here Jesus makes it very clear that he is either who he says he is – the Eternal One, God, the King of Kings – or he is unstable and crazed and he should be completely ignored.
So how will we respond today? If Jesus is who he says he is, then we have hope, we have a future, we have a story, and we have been invited into the greatest story known to mankind. Would you take a moment today and consider who Jesus is? Will you allow Him to remind you of his eternal, divine nature? Would you allow the truth of who Jesus is to allow you to rest in Him today?