Creed: Who is God to You?
- Friday, August 27, 2004
In what way does Jesus reply? “No, my child…here I AM.” Oh, blessed Savior! Blessed Redeemer! Blessed, blessed Jesus!)
“Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” (8:4)
Don’t you love it? These people, who call Jesus “Teacher,” but hardly mean it, are reminding the Giver of the Law about the Law. “Now what do you say?” they ask Him, hoping to trip Him up.
But you can’t trip the Giver of the Law on the very words He has written, can you? What does Jesus do? He bends down and begins writing on the ground with His finger. What did He write? We don’t know. But, let’s suppose what He was inscribing were specific sins. As He is doing so, the Pharisees keep questioning Him until He straightens up and says, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” (8:7b)
If what I’m suggesting is true—if He’d written specific sins in the sand—as He stoops back down, the eyes of the sinners are now glaring at their own iniquities.
Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. (8:8)
What did He write this time? Let’s suppose He began writing names next to sins. Their names. The self-righteous “teachers of the Law.”
At this, those who heard began to go away…until only Jesus was left with the woman standing there. “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” (8:9-11)
Well, now. Guess who returned for more! The Pharisees. They just can’t seem to get enough of this. They question, Jesus answers, leading them to ask this all-important question: “Who are you?” (8:25)
Jesus replies, “Just what I have been claiming all along,” which only confused the great teachers even more, leading to this declaration: When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am…” (8:28)
Jesus now begins to teach the people about Abraham, the “father of their nation,” and about His relationship to him. In fact, Jesus speaks as though He actually knows Abraham, which of course, He does. Now the people are becoming incensed. Man, oh, man! One does not—no matter how many miracles one does—go around claiming to have known Abraham and, worse yet, to be positionally over him!
“You are not yet fifty years old,” the Jews said to him, “and you have seen Abraham!” (Translated: “Yeah, right.”) (8:57)
Here it comes…are you ready? The bottom line. The declaration of all declarations. No burning bush necessary. Jesus, introducing Himself to the world in a mighty big way.
“I tell you the truth…before Abraham was born, I AM!” (9:58)
“This ain’t no lie…I AM GOD!”
Award-winning national speaker, Eva Marie Everson's work includes Intimate Moments with God and Intimate Encounters with God (Cook). She is the author of Shadow of Dreams, Summon the Shadows and Shadow of Light. (Barbour Fiction) She can be contacted for comments or for speaking engagement bookings at http://evamarieeverson.com/.
Other Articles in This Series:
Creed: What is God's name...other than 'God?'
Creed: What Do You Really Believe?
More Than Words
For more information about Sandy Bloomfield-Demelli, go to: http://bloomtolife.com/
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