Know Me—Know My Father John 8:19
To know Jesus is to know God; is this true of us? If people know us will they know Jesus and therefore know God?
Revelation is Progressive.
• Beginning with Genesis 1:1, God progressively reveals His character ending in the last sentence of Revelation.
• John uses this same framework in his gospel
• He is progressively revealing more and more about Who Jesus Is!
Jewish literature was very generous with the title ‘the light of the world.’
• They applied the term to Israel…to Jerusalem…to the Patriarchs and to famous rabbis
• And of course, they applied the term to The Messiah and to God the Father
• It always referred to something of extreme significance!
So, when Jesus applied the title to himself they were appalled.
• Let’s remember this took place at the end of the Feast of Tabernacles.
• Perhaps the most joyous celebration on the Jewish calendar
• The Temple and the streets of Jerusalem would have been lit up with torches in celebration.
• So, when Jesus stood in the midst of the party and declared himself the light of the world, they were shocked
*As your study, this week determined walking in darkness is a natural metaphor for stumbling or for straying from the narrow way or in the extreme for being destroyed.
*In stark contrast to walking in the light
*Therefore, we are not surprised the Jewish leaders, especially the Pharisees would have challenged Jesus’ claim to be the light of the world, Verse 13: “The Pharisees therefore said to Him, “You bear witness of Yourself; Your witness is not true.”
• Even today, self-authentication is very often unacceptable.
• We don’t appreciate people who blow their own horn.
• So, we can understand why the Pharisees would reject his proclamation.
The Mosaic Law required two witnesses.
• Therefore, rabbinic tradition rejected self-testimony.
• Jesus is violating tradition AND The Law by claiming He needed only one witness
Which brings us to Point One: Verse 14
Jesus is the only way to the truth.
1. From a human point of view, we realize that we are the only person who really knows the facts about ourselves.
• So, it is easy for us, on a human level, to understand that only God can give testimony of Himself
• Only God knows God!
• This is the basis for Jesus’ response, Verse 14
• Jesus answered and said to them, “Even if I bear witness of Myself, My witness is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going; but you do not know where I come from and where I am going. 15 You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one. 16 And yet if I do judge, My judgment is true; for I am not alone, but I am with the Father who sent Me. 17 It is also written in your law that the testimony of two men is true. 18 I am One who bears witness of Myself, and the Father who sent Me bears witness of Me.
2. In the original, the pronoun “I” is emphatic. In English, we would punctuate the “I”
• This emphasis would set up the explanation.
• Jesus is claiming to be personally sent by God the Father, Verse 18. I am One who bears witness of Myself, and the Father who sent Me bears witness of Me.
• Again, in this statement the original wording helps.
• The word translated ‘one’ is for emphasis. In English we would say, “I am The One who bears witness of myself”, which would be a correct translation of this statement.
• In addition, they are about to figure out what you already know:
*Jesus, as God incarnate, is the only one competent to give an accurate witness of Himself because He only He has a comprehensive knowledge of who He is; His origin and His destiny.
3. In spite of what the Pharisees thought they knew about Jesus, they were ignorant of who He really is.
• They are not alone in this ignorance.
• Many people today don’t know or refuse to accept the real Jesus
• The real Jesus came from God the Father to accomplish His Will for our salvation
• He is The Light—The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
Which brings us to Point Two: Verse 15
People who don’t know Truth, judge by the wrong standard: their flesh
1. To judge by the flesh, means to judge by human standards
• As you know, the flesh is fallen; therefore, our corrupt and therefore our natural judgments are flawed
• We are naturally inclined to prejudice.
• We naturally look past our own faults to judge others for theirs.
2. They saw Jesus only in the natural; not in the spiritual
• Therefore, they were blinded to His deity; so, they misjudged Him
• Many people today do the same thing.
• They can only see Jesus as a great moral teacher; not a Savior and certainly not as a King
3. By contrast, Jesus, who has the right to judge DID NOT come to judge, John 3:17
• But when He does judge…in the future, He will execute the Fathers will according to the Law
• God’s judgment is righteous because God is Holy!
• The only way to escape God’s judgment is through Jesus. This Friday’s discussion!
Which brings us to Point Three: to know Jesus is to know The Father, V. 20:
Then they said to Him, “Where is Your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither Me nor My Father. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also.”
1. This statement completes the thought introduced in Verses 17:
It is also written in your law that the testimony of two men is true. I am One who bears witness of Myself, and the Father who sent Me bears witness of Me.
• We notice right away Jesus refers to the written law as “your law”
• Didn’t God give them their law? Isn’t their law, God’s law?
• The difference must therefore be in the interpretation and application of the law
• They have already demonstrated with the woman their application of the law was woefully one-sided.
2. Jesus now applies the correct interpretation of the law of two witnesses, Verse 18
• I am One who bears witness of Myself, and the Father who sent Me bears witness of Me.
• God the Father and God the Son, who are one, yet two, are therefore the two necessary witnesses!
3. Conclusion of Jesus’ answer:
He who stands in the light of the sun shouldn’t argue that it is night!
Which brings us to our conclusion, or application of what we have learned:
Verse 20: These words Jesus spoke in the treasury, as He taught in the temple; and no one laid hands on Him, for His hour had not yet come.
1. These words were spoken in the treasury…
Now as it was then, wealth was king. Pompous men would make their donations in the smallest denomination of coins possible to make the loudest sound in the collection trumpets possible. All show; no substance.
In contrast, we are to lay up treasures in heaven where moth and rust do not destroy
2. He taught in the temple…
We are the temple of God
Jesus is teaching you, by His Spirit thru His Word what YOU need to know and do!
3. No one laid hands on Him…because His time has not yet come!
Nor can you lay hands on Jesus
But you can pray that He will lay His hands on you and bless you: IN HIS TIMING!