HOST: Michael Whitworth
SPONSOR: Logos Bible Software
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” So the Pharisees said to him, “You are bearing witness about yourself; your testimony is not true.” Jesus answered, “Even if I do bear witness about myself, my testimony is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one. Yet even if I do judge, my judgment is true, for it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father who sent me. In your Law it is written that the testimony of two people is true. I am the one who bears witness about myself, and the Father who sent me bears witness about me.” They said to him therefore, “Where is your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” These words he spoke in the treasury, as he taught in the temple; but no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.
“You know neither Me nor My Father.” Think for a moment about the severity of that accusation. He is speaking to the Pharisees, the religious leaders of the day. They were revered and looked up to by the Jewish people as the most righteous among them. They held themselves up as the most spiritual representatives of the Jewish faith. But Jesus accuses them of not even knowing God. They had become so steeped in their own traditions and self-righteousness that they had forgotten who God was. They had no real understanding of Him. God had been replaced in their minds and lives by a set of stringent rules and traditions that reigned supreme. The law had become more precious to them than the God who had given it to them. Even when Jesus came, showing them God in the flesh, they did not recognize Him and rejected Him as God’s promised Messiah. Like so many of these texts, this one reminds us of the danger of losing sight of God in our lives. As we daily examine the life of Jesus, let us see God and know Him more and more each day.
What are some things that we can learn about God through Jesus?
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