What do we do with such a feisty Jesus? What of this name-calling, disagreeable Jesus in John 8? Religious conflicts and arguments remain as plentiful as ever. God’s Name most often gets dragged into these modern conflicts about laws and rules, rather than matters of grace and forgiveness of sins, the presence of the living God among his people on earth, and His gift of eternal life. People stand and fight about all the wrong things.
Jesus proclaims that heaven is for the living, not the dead. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is very much alive; “He is not the God of the dead, but of the living.” (Matthew 22:31-32) Abraham himself is alive and rejoices to behold the Son of God. The prophets who preached him are alive. Jesus lives and has come that he may give eternal life to all who hold fast to his word and keep it. A bold, audacious claim? “Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.” Likewise, Jesus says, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.” Listen in as Jesus fights about the living God and true religion, for you…
A sermon on John 8:42-59
Fifth Sunday in Lent, 2 April 2017