Day 23 (March 19), John 8:31-47
Context: Jesus marches deeper into this conversation with increasing tenacity. He tells them that only if they abide in Jesus’ word are they truly disciples, and that by doing so they will know the truth and the truth will set them free! They relate to freedom to physical, historical slavery, not to the condition of the human heart. They tell Jesus they are children of Abraham, have never been enslaved and have one Father, God himself. To which Jesus replies that they cannot understand His words because their father is the devil and they have believed His lies!!
Observations: Are those who believed in Jesus’ that he is addressing genuine followers of Jesus, or not? What does the rest of the passage suggest? Is it possible to outwardly profess a faith in Christ and still not be a genuine, born-again follower of Jesus Christ? Why was Jesus so direct when he said ‘your father is the devil and you believe his lies.’? What was his motive in asking ‘Which one of you convicts me of sin?’
Application: Spend time alone and undistracted with Jesus. Not only is he the light of the world but the Truth!! What is one aspect of His teaching or his example that you would like to follow better? Take a step (or two) in that direction today.
Prayer: Lord, help me not to be so distracted during all the adjustments the coronavirus scenarios are creating that I forget to commune with you, to cast all my anxiety on you and to be a conduit of your grace, truth and love today!! Ask Jesus to give you a divine appointment and opportunity today to be the hands, feet and voice of Jesus!