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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Tuesday October 11, John 8.21-30

John 8.21-30

21Again he said to them, “I am going away, and you will search for me, but you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come.” 22Then the Jews said, “Is he going to kill himself? Is that what he means by saying, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come’?” 23He said to them, “You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world. 24I told you that you would die in your sins, for you will die in your sins unless you believe that I am he.” 25They said to him, “Who are you?” Jesus said to them, “Why do I speak to you at all? 26I have much to say about you and much to condemn; but the one who sent me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from him.” 27They did not understand that he was speaking to them about the Father. 28So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own, but I speak these things as the Father instructed me. 29And the one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what is pleasing to him.” 30As he was saying these things, many believed in him.

Thoughts:  As he said these things many believed.  I quite frankly find that hard to believe!   Jesus seems to be intentionally speaking on a whole other plane of existence.  Perhaps this is one of the ways that John helps us to understand just who Jesus is--he is the means by which we are able bridge the gap between dark and light, death and life.  He calls to us in a sense from the world to come, while compelling us to be fully planted in the world beneath us.

Questions:  Do you remember the first time you really began to struggle with who Jesus is?   Is the fact that Christians understand Jesus to be God still troublesome for the world? 

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