Week 43, Day 3
October 26, 2022
Scripture: John 8
““Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!”” (John 8:58)
For good reason, there was no greater person of importance for the Jews, than their Father Abraham. It was God’s covenant Promise given him in Genesis 12, 15 and 17 that played the incredible important and foundational purpose of their very identity.
The reason why the Jews were a distinct people, with a purpose of being a blessing to the nations is because of Abraham. The reason they have the special blessing of being God’s people is because of God’s faithfulness towards Abraham.
So, the very foundation of their heritage, their identity, their purpose is rooted in Abraham.
So, you can imagine their saltiness when Jesus says, “Before Abraham was born, I am.”
To be clear, Jesus is saying, “I was with God in the beginning and all things were made in me and through me.” In using the name, “I am.” He is even furthering his connection to God the Father and making himself very importantly as a part of the Trinity. He is God in the flesh, living among them.
What’s the importance for us today?
“Very truly I tell you, whoever obeys my word will never see death.”” (John 8:51)
They were upset about this, before they were upset about Jesus’ supremacy over Abraham. Why should they listen to him? Why should they obey?
Well as we will see, there is life in Jesus. He is the hope of the world, and in him, obeying his word, leads us to life. He is greater than Abraham. They listen to him wholeheartedly. His point bringing Abraham into is that,”Hey, I’m before your hero, listen up!”
When we trust in him, when we obey his word, we will never see death.
What a great hope we have in Jesus today, the one who was with God in the beginning. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
In Him is Life!
Jordan Ickes, Minister of Etna Green Church of Christ.