Testify Series: Day 16

John 8:31-59

Yesterday’s reading ended with the words “Then many who heard him say these things believed in him.” John 8:30

“So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.” Romans 10:17

Today’s reading begins with Jesus telling them, “You are truly my disciples IF you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

I love this clear word from Jesus that after salvation discipleship must begin. Remember on day nine, we read about Jesus warning his followers to not be so concerned with perishable things, but instead challenged them to spend their energy seeking eternal life. “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.” John 6:29

Belief in Jesus should always be followed by a renewed and eternal focus.

Knowing and applying God’s truth to our lives sets us free from the sin that formerly bound us from living life to the full.

Jesus continues to reason with the Jewish leaders in verse 36, trying to relate the story of Abraham, but then goes on to acknowledge that He’s aware they have no room in their hearts for His message.

Have you ever noticed how the world wants us to “open our minds” to their ideas yet they often want to open their heart and mind to Jesus? This verse made me think of how ironic that is. Never exchange the truth of God for the wisdom of men.

The remaining verses in this passage leave me exhausted as I hate conflict. When I use my imagination to try to hear their voices going back and forth, Jesus never backing down, even when the other side continues to push and argue, it wears me out.

He leaves the conversation with these powerful words testifying to who he says he is. “I tell you the truth, before Abraham was even born, I AM.” John 8:58 Jesus proclaiming to be older than Abraham and calling himself the name that Abraham knew God by infuriates the Jewish leaders and they unsuccessfully attempt to stone Jesus.

What can we take away from today’s reading? Jesus is showing his new followers that there is a cost to discipleship and it may cost them their lives.

Jesus trusted God so firmly that he would not waiver or back down from proclaiming the truth no matter what.

Can I say that about myself today? When the rubber meets the road will I stand for truth even if it hurts my pride or worse?

Only the Holy Spirit can give us the strength we need to persevere. Let’s trust Him today.

Go and testify,

Emily