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Date: July 4, 2021
Title: I AM
Passage: John 8:12-59
Speaker: Bob Corbin
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* The Gospel according to John: John's presentation of Jesus as the Son of God who became the Lamb of God to take away the sins of the world, in order to strengthen and unify the church around this core belief.
* A month ago, we considered Jesus statement, "I am the bread of life." At that time, we focused upon the earthly, temporal, physical mindset of the Jews and Jesus' call for them to have a heavenly, eternal, spiritual perspective. However, we also mentioned that we would take a look at the other aspect of Jesus' statement - the "I AM" aspect - when we got to chapter 8.
* It is important to remember the context as we enter this passage. It is just after the Feast of Tabernacles - seemingly it is the day after the final day of the feast ... and it is a weekly Sabbath (cf. John 9:14). Jesus is in the court of the women, which was also the court of the treasury (cf. Mark 12:41-44). It was also the court where they would have the huge lamps representing the shekinah khabod (tabernacling glory) of YHWH in the wilderness (the pillar of cloud/fire). Two weeks ago, we saw how Jesus equated Himself to the Rock which provided the Israelites water throughout the wilderness journey - "If anyone thirsts - let him come to Me and drink!" Last week, we moved to this day after the Feast and David showed how the Scribes and Pharisees sought to trap Jesus by bringing to Him a woman caught in the act of adultery. They wanted Jesus to pass judgment upon her according to the law - yet, they did not fulfill the law themselves by also bringing the man she was with! Jesus instructs the crowd, "He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first." The accusers all left. But, there was still a crowd and Jesus began to teach the crowd!
* It is at this point, that we see Jesus begin an interaction with the crowd that truly becomes "a line in the sand." We begin with the Pharisees wanting to have Jesus arrested, or trapped in His words. We end with them picking up stones to throw at Him! What transpired? Jesus in this passage gives CLEAR TESTIMONY - to the Jews who understood the Scriptures - that He was claiming to be YHWH!