John Lesson 12 Day 5 Day 6 ~ John 8:48-59 with Exodus 3:12-15
11- John 8:51 and John 8:56
a. John 8:51
I say this with absolute confidence. If you practice what I’m telling you, you’ll never have to look death in the face. (MSG)
I assume Jesus referred to our spiritual life—new life and eternal life.
Although, some have skipped physical death altogether. Enoch, Elijah, and perhaps John the Apostle. We have examples, so there could be others.
I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life. John 5:24 (NLT)
Then death and Hades [the realm of the dead] were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire [the eternal separation from God]. Revelation 20:14 (AMP)
Believers already died with Christ.
We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. Romans 6:6 (NLT)
Jesus conquered death.
And now he has made all of this plain to us by the appearing of Christ Jesus, our Savior. He broke the power of death and illuminated the way to life and immortality through the Good News. 2 Timothy 1:10 (NLT)
b. John 8:56
Abraham—your ‘father’—with jubilant faith looked down the corridors of history and saw my day coming. He saw it and cheered. (MSG)
Your father Abraham [greatly] rejoiced to see My day (My incarnation). He saw it and was delighted. (AMP)
Abraham had a glimpse of what Jesus would do. He saw it in the fact that his heir who would carry the blessing of God wasn’t the firstborn but the son of promise (Galatians 4:21-26). This illustrated salvation by faith instead of works. He also got a glimpse of God providing a sacrifice for us on Mount Moriah when the Lord gave Abraham a ram to sacrifice instead of Isaac (Genesis 22:10-13).
Abraham didn’t see Jesus’ day with his physical eyes. He saw this with his heart. He was seeing things that could not be seen (2 Corinthians 4:18). He was walking by faith (2 Corinthians 5:7). Andrew Wommack
12- Jesus said, “Before Abraham was, I am.” John 8:58
a. God told Moses to tell the People of Israel, “I-AM sent me to you.”
When Jesus made his statement, the people knew exactly what he meant by it. That’s why they picked up stones to throw at him. He miraculously concealed himself and left the temple.
Luke 4:30 (AMP) But passing [miraculously] through the crowd, He went on His way.
b. Jesus is the Divine Son of God.
He is the only one in heaven or on earth found worthy. He is my creator. The creator. My intercessor. He is love personified.
Jesus only did what he saw the Father doing. I’ve read that before. But this week, I gained a better understanding of what it can mean in my life. I’m doing it wrong. I heard a sermon that prompted and “aha” moment. Practical tip number two: There is no such thing as self-centered sight in the Kingdom. Kingdom-centered versus self-centered.
I heard a sermon that prompted and “aha” moment. Practical tip number two: There is no such thing as self-centered sight in the Kingdom. Kingdom-centered versus self-centered.
I thought by remembering the list of things I believe God has asked me to do means I’m keeping my eyes on Him. However, in the process of doing, my eyes are on myself. I complain about the distractions and obstacles. I worry about the lack of finances and fret about my own weaknesses and fatigue.
Instead, I must look for what the Father is doing ALL the time. Not just the project overview but in the smallest details, especially my attitude. Walking this out involves a radical change in perspective.
Father, forgive me for having my eyes on myself and thinking they were on you. I see what I’m doing wrong, but only by your grace can I truly change. Remind me and help me. I truly want to live with my eyes fixed on you.